MEXIA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Family, friends, law enforcement officers and Governor Greg Abbott were among those who paid their final respects to Texas DPS Trooper Damon Allen, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving.
During funeral services at Mexia High School, where Allen graduated in 1995, Pastor Bryan Hallmark offered words of comfort to loved ones. “Our thoughts and our prayers will always be with you. Know, you are not alone.”
The accused shooter, Dabrett Black, remains in the Brazos County Jail on a capital murder charge..
The Cleveland ISD Police Chief told those assembled, “He left his family to go out into a very tough, difficult, and cold world to protect other families.”
Christine Beard represented their high school class, and remained friends with Allen years later. “Damon always had a smile on his face, and a sweet, loving, carefree attitude. He was a genuine guy.”
Allen’s friends, wife and their four children, had to say their final goodbyes much sooner than they ever wanted.
He was just 41 years old.
Allen had been a Trooper for 15 years, and his Pastor laughed when remembering being pulled over by him twice. “I think if I asked you to stand up today if you have ever been pulled over by Damon, half the crowd would stand. Damon loved his job, he loved what he did.”
During the procession, members of the community Allen served lined the streets to honor him one last time.
His family must now confront life without him.
Pastor Hallmark explained how to best keep Trooper Allen’s legacy alive. “You keep living your life, keep loving, keep Damon’s life honored and alive through you living.”