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Deputy killed in Montana laid to rest in Clarendon Co. Tuesday

Mason Moore (Source: NBC Montana) Mason Moore (Source: NBC Montana)
Moore's coffin carried into Summerton Baptist Church (Source: WIS) Moore's coffin carried into Summerton Baptist Church (Source: WIS)

SUMMERTON, S.C. (AP/WIS) - A sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty in Montana has been laid to rest Tuesday in his native South Carolina.

The funeral for 42-year-old Mason Moore was Tuesday at Summerton Baptist Church.

Moore was a deputy in Broadwater County, Montana. Authorities say he was shot and killed May 16 by a man with strong anti-law enforcement views.

The suspect was killed by officers as they chased him for 100 miles.

Last Thursday, when his body was flown to Charleston for his funeral, public safety officers from throughout the region lined the route to Manning in Moore's honor. Two days prior, he was honored by the people he served in Montana.

Moore grew up in South Carolina and worked for the sheriff's offices in Lexington and Clarendon counties before moving to Montana. He had been married for nearly 18 years and had three children.

Moore's widow, Jodi said her husband loved his family and loved helping people. She says she knows he is in heaven and she is counting down the days, hours and seconds until she sees him again.

"You see, evil thought it won in the early morning hours of May 16th," she said. "But Mason has victory because he received the ultimate honor to be able to see his creator face to face and spend eternity with him.”

Moore leaves behind twin boy sons and a daughter.

He was escorted to the church's cemetery by the Patriot Guard.

His wife said Moore was planning to travel to Africa on a mission trip before he died and believes he will still go, in spirit.  

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