Nov 17, 2012 11:46 PM
A deputy gunned down in the line of duty was laid to rest Saturday. He was shot and killed during a traffic stop Wednesday morning.
The death of Deputy Anthony Rakes has left Marion County in a somber state. His funeral was held Saturday at the Marion County High School.
"I couldn't believe it. I'm still in a daze right now," says Randy Lanham, a friend. Lanham says he used to take Rakes to school on the bus. Later, he called Rakes a close friend. "We just lost a great one in the community."
Family and friends described Rakes as a friendly, helpful man, even acting as a mentor to some.
"Our daughter wants to become a police officer. She will be 18 soon and he told her to wait until she was 21 and that when she turned 18 he would start working with her," says Gena Givens, another friend. "She's pretty devastated to the point that she couldn't come here today."
Many other members of the community, some who didn't even know Rakes, said they just came to pay their respects.
"I knew Anthony ever since he was 8-years-old. I'm a distant cousin, so just out of pure respect I knew he'd do the same for me," says Vince Tungate.
"He probably didn't realize how many people really loved him. Truly going to miss him, he was a pretty awesome guy," echoes Jody Hardin.
Around 400 people attended the services, including first responders from over 50 different agencies. Memorial flags were presented to Deputy Rakes' sisters during the ceremony.
Dewayne Shipp is charged with Deputy Rakes' murder. He was arrested Wednesday morning in Taylor County. Police say he shot himself in the leg. He remains at University of Louisville Hospital where he was taken after his arrest.