The Goforth Memorial Walk is being organized by the nonprofit Deputy Memorial Fund and will take place Aug. 26 at Deputy Darren Goforth Park, 9118 Wheat Cross Drive, Houston. The park, formerly known as Horsepen Creek Park, was renamed in September 2015 in honor of Goforth.
Tim Mordecai, president of the Deputy Memorial Fund, said the tragedy of Goforth's murder resulted in an outpouring of support from around the world for the department and Goforth's family.
"In my 28 years in law enforcement, I’ve never seen the community at large come together like that," Mordecai said. "The only other time was recently with [Hurricane] Harvey. That event alone brought the world together and put a light on what law enforcement has to put up with."
Mordecai said he thinks hosting one event each year to keep Goforth's name alive is the least he can do.
"I think it’s important to keep his name alive," he said. "I think it’s important to the community to keep the name alive. It means that the community still cares. With the way the world is going now, with the bad press law enforcement has had, it means a lot to the ones out here that are trying to do the right thing."
Mordecai said he plans to organize memorial events around the anniversary of Goforth's death moving forward, although future events might not take the form of a walk.
The 1-mile walk this year will run from noon-2 p.m. and attendees can join and begin walking at any time. The event is free to attend. Those who would like to participate can call 281-686-0143 with any questions.