Slain Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Kareem Atkins honored with procession, funeral

Tomball community members lined West Main Street in the early morning hours Monday to honor the fallen deputy during the funeral procession. (Courtesy Mike Baxter)
Tomball community members lined West Main Street in the early morning hours Monday to honor the fallen deputy during the funeral procession. (Courtesy Mike Baxter)

Tomball community members lined West Main Street in the early morning hours Monday to honor the fallen deputy during the funeral procession. (Courtesy Mike Baxter)



A Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable who was shot and killed while working an extra security job Oct. 16 was laid to rest Monday, Oct. 25.

Friends and family of Deputy Kareem Atkins processed from Klein Funeral Home in Tomball to Champion Forest Baptist Church on Monday morning.

Tomball community members lined West Main Street in the early morning hours Monday to honor the fallen deputy during the funeral procession.



A family-only visitation and funeral service was held at the church, followed by a public viewing.

The suspect in the case is still on the run, according to reporting from ABC 13.

Atkins leaves behind a wife, a 2-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old son.

"I hope they remember him as a good deputy," said his father, Cecil Atkins. "Someone who's always on the job, who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect our citizens. Whatever it takes to protect his family, his kids, his wife."

His wife, Nadia Aweineh, said he had always wanted to work in law enforcement.

"That's all I ever heard about," she said. "He couldn't wait, and he was going to do anything he could to get there. And he made it."

She said the family was excited for the future.

Before he was ambushed, they were planning a trip to Walt Disney World.

"We just bought our brand new home, we had just moved in," Aweineh said. "The fact that he died the night before we were supposed to leave for Florida to take our kids to Disney World says everything."

He had just returned from paternity leave when he was shot and killed. There is now a $75,000 reward for information leading to the person who killed him and injured two other deputy constables, Darryl Garrett and Juqaim Barthen.

Those who know the deputies said they were best friends.

The three men worked together at the Precinct 4 Deputy Constable's Office, and they all worked an extra security job together at a bar on the North Freeway on the morning of Oct. 16.

As they tried to make an arrest, investigators said a man ambushed them with an AR-15 before running away.

Atkins was killed at the scene, and both Garrett and Barthen were shot multiple times.

Barthen was released from the hospital last week, but Garrett is still in the hospital with multiple injuries.

ABC 13 talked to Garrett's fiancée, who described the struggle of telling him that his fellow deputy and friend was killed.

"My biggest fear is telling him, and he's not going to get any closure. He's not going to be able to, you know, say goodbye to him one more time," Lajah Richardson said. "That was the last time and he, he's not going to be able to just get to say one more thing to him."

Garrett is still recovering after being shot in the back more than two weeks ago.

A barbecue benefit was held for him Oct. 24. Funds were raised to help his family with any expenses, including hospital parking.

Richardson said doctors are anticipating a kidney transplant for Garrett, but they are waiting for him to leave the ICU. She doesn't know when that will happen.

From ABC 13
By ABC13
A Community Impact Newspaper media partner
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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