Slain Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr laid to rest Sunday - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Slain Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr laid to rest Sunday

The Americus community said its final goodbye to Officer Nicholas Smarr as he was laid to rest on Sunday. (Source: WALB) The Americus community said its final goodbye to Officer Nicholas Smarr as he was laid to rest on Sunday. (Source: WALB)
Officer Nicholas Smarr will be laid to rest on Sunday. (Source: Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel website) Officer Nicholas Smarr will be laid to rest on Sunday. (Source: Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel website)

AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - The brave Americus police officer who died in the line of duty protecting his friend and fellow brother in blue last week was laid to rest Sunday. 

Smarr's funeral was held at the Storm Dome on the campus us Georgia Southwestern State University on Sunday. 

A number of law enforcement officers from across the state were in attendance and an honor guard served as pallbearers, escorting Smarr's American flag-draped coffin. Smarr's family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Nick Smarr Trust Fund at Sumter Bank & Trust. 

[RELATED: NY Yankees send flowers to family of fallen Americus officer]

Smarr was shot on Dec. 7 while responding to a domestic dispute at an apartment on Country Club Drive in Americus

Smarr and Georgia Southwestern Public Safety Officer Jody Smith were shot by 32-year-old Minquell Lembrick. Smith responded to the domestic call as back up, but actually arrived at the scene first. 

Lembrick was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside an Americus home on Thursday. 

His fellow officer and friend, Smith were also shot. Smith, 26, died on Dec. 8 in a Macon hospital. 

[SLIDESHOW: Funeral held for Americus officer Nicholas Smarr]

The two officers were friends since high school and graduated from the police academy together. 

[RELATED: Family: Fallen officer died trying to save wounded friend]

In addition to the family's fund for Smarr, another fun has been established for both families. An officer's relief fund has been established at Citizen's Bank of Americus. 

The Americus community has also set up a YouCaring site to support the families of the fallen officers. 

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