Fallen deputy U.S. marshal honored with memorial service

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – During the afternoon of April 29, a task force of officers from across the region came together to serve a warrant on a man in east Charlotte when gunfire erupted, leaving more than half a dozen shot. Four of them died.

One of those killed was Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas “Tommy” Weeks Jr. A week after his death, family, friends, and the community said their final goodbyes during a memorial service at Bojangles Coliseum.

Weeks was a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service. Before that, he spent eight years with the Customs and Border Protection.

Hundreds of people, including many first responders, lined the roads as Weeks was transported last Wednesday to a funeral home.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke during Monday’s service. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper was also in attendance. A large number of first responders and law enforcement officials attended.

There was also a flyover and a 21-gun salute in honor of the fallen marshal.

Days before his service, Chief Judge Bob Conrad spoke of Weeks, whom he knew personally. He worked alongside Weeks at the federal courthouse in uptown Charlotte, as the marshal fulfilled his duty of keeping the building safe.

“You can’t say the phrase Tommy Weeks without smiling,” Conrad said. “I don’t think there’s a person that’s come through this courthouse that didn’t come away feeling respected and respecting him…he really was a hero in the sense that he laid down his life for others.”

The Mooresville resident leaves behind a wife and four children.

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