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Slain Central Texas Deputy Laid To Rest

Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Sowders (KBTX-TV)

Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Sowders (KBTX-TV)

COLLEGE STATION (December 27, 2013) More than 1,000 people attended the funeral service Friday at a College Station church for Burleson County sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Sowders, who was shot and killed as he and other deputies were serving a warrant at a rural home near Snook.

Sowders was laid to rest in his hometown of Somerville, about 30 miles southwest of College Station.

Sowders was shot to death early on Dec. 19, almost seven years to the day after he joined the department.

Henry Goedrich Magee, 28, remains jailed, facing a capital murder charge in the deputy’s death.

Sowders joined the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 18, 2006 and was promoted to investigator earlier this year.

He had also worked as a police officer in Somerville and had served as a firefighter in Somerville since he was 18.

He was an emergency management coordinator from April 2005 to April 2006.

Sowders' uncle, Carter Stone, said public service was in Sowders' blood.

Stone said Sowders grew up among firefighters, paramedics and police officers.

The Adam Sowders Law Enforcement Continuing Education scholarship memorial fund has been established at the Citizens State Bank in Somerville.

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