- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) - The second of two south Georgia police officers killed last week has been laid to rest.

Relatives, friends and police officers from across the state attended Wednesday’s service for Jody Smith, a Georgia Southwestern State University police officer.

After the funeral, a horse-drawn caisson carried Smith’s body across the campus that he had worked to protect, WALB-TV reported (https://bit.ly/2hmnAav ).

Smith was assisting Americus police officer Nicholas Smarr as the two responded to report of a domestic dispute outside the campus on Dec. 7. The suspected gunman was found dead later - apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound - inside a home where he was hiding.

Smarr, who was also killed, was buried Sunday.

Many local businesses closed their doors Wednesday and employees made their way to the campus in the town about 140 miles south of Atlanta.

Bystanders looked on in silence as the horses and the funeral procession passed by.

As Jennifer Pritchard watched, all she could think about were the two young officers she had served coffee to almost every day.

“They were good cops,” she told WALB. “You hear all the time there are crooked cops, but not them two.”

Pritchard said she knows Smith’s mother, a sergeant in Sumter County. When Pritchard lost her son just a few months ago, Smith’s mother was there for support.

“Three months ago she told me she couldn’t imagine what I was going through,” Pritchard said. “Now, she knows and she doesn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this.”

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