Memorial for fallen deputy to come down, donations surpass $500,000

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As the skies cleared over the Chevron station where Deputy Darren Goforth's life was callously taken, people continued to filter through the makeshift memorial.

"I've been in and around law enforcement for 47 years in Houston and it's one of the largest outpourings of support from citizens of our community I've seen," said Rick Hartley, executive director of The 100 Club.

While the memorial will be removed by the end of the weekend, when it comes to preserving Deputy Goforth's memory there is no end in sight.

Altogether more than half-a-million dollars have been raised for the family. Beyond the dollars and cents it's the hugs, handshakes and words of appreciation making an incredible difference.

For some deputies, the large public outpouring has restored their faith in the relationship between law enforcement and the community they serve.

"I was on the brink of believeing no one appreciated us," said Deputy Marc De Leon, a friend and colleague of Goforth's.  "I was proven very wrong this last week.  I love this."

While the makeshift memorial is coming down, plans are in the works for something permanent to takes its place.