Ned Byrd, a deputy in the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, was recognised for his unselfish, happy, and adventurous life. One of the first things Byrd’s friends noted about him was his power, both emotionally and physically. At Byrd’s memorial ceremony on Friday at Providence Baptist Church, his close friend Jason Culbreth remarked, “The biggest muscle in Ned’s body was his heart.” He really would give the clothes off his back. “He gave and gave, and as a result, he gained a lot of affection.” Hundreds of people, many of them members of the police, packed Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh to pay tribute to Byrd, who passed away after being shot while performing his job a week ago. He was 48. Around a thousand people gathered outside to watch the Caisson Unit of the N.C. State Highway Patrol carry Byrd’s coffin to the church. The American flag’s vivid red and white stripes stood out sharply against the sea of uniforms that were dark blue and grey as a parade of horses around the church.
Sasha, Byrd’s cherished K9 dog, led the charge alongside a deputy.
A day after the shooting’s arrest, the funeral was held. On Thursday, Arturo Marin-Sotelo was detained and accused with killing Byrd. There might be additional arrests, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.
After clearing the scene of a domestic altercation on August 11, Byrd was shot and died in a remote area on Battle Bridge Road close to Auburn Knightdale Road. Byrd had served in the Wake County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. On Friday, a police carried Sasha to the church’s front coffin while Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” one of Byrd’s favourite songs, played over the church’s speakers. Before slipping away to give it a sniff, the dog attempted to jump on top of it.
The deceased deputy was “impossible to forget,” according to Byrd’s close friend and former roommate Ryan Schmidt, who also shared anecdotes about Byrd’s life and their friendship. Byrd was praised by others for having a positive outlook on life and for always appreciating the friendships he made and the experiences he enjoyed with his friends and coworkers. “Although he ultimately sacrificed his life for a far greater good, it was the seemingly insignificant things he did on a daily basis that revealed his goodness, his character,” he added.