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2nd officer killed in Americus laid to rest Wednesday; fundraisers established for slain officer's families

GSW Officer Jody Smith will be laid to rest on Wednesday. (Source: GBI) GSW Officer Jody Smith will be laid to rest on Wednesday. (Source: GBI)
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AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - The second officer who was shot and later died after responding to a domestic dispute one week ago was laid to rest Wednesday. 

Family, friends and the Americus community are saying their final goodbyes to a Georgia Southwestern State University Officer. 

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The Americus community continues to mourn the loss of Officer Smith, who was also a son, a friend, and fiance. Smith was also an organ donor, and his organs may save the lives of as many as seven people. 

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He was the first to respond to arrive at the home and was shot by Minquell Lembrick. His friend Nicholas Smarr arrived a short time later and was also shot.

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Smarr was found on top of Smith after apparently trying to administer CPR. Officer Smith died Thursday at a Macon area hospital after undergoing surgery. 

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

Smith's funeral was held at the GSW Storm Dome at 11 a.m.

Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order that flags be lowered to half-staff in Smith's memory. 

There is a YouCaring fund set up to help the families of the two officers. Here's a link to donate. 

You can also buy a T-shirt honoring the slain officers. 

Adult short sleeve shirts are $15. Adult long sleeve shirts are $20. Child short sleeve shirts are $10 and child long sleeve shirts are $15. More than half the money from each shirt will go to the families. The rest of that money covers printing costs for Global Graphics, which will not make any profit off the shirts.

The first round of t-shirts will be distributed on Friday, December 16 outside "The Maze."

To order a t-shirt, visit the "Prayers for Americus" Facebook page.

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