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Slain Texas constable remembered as humble, caring

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Less than a week after the deadly shooting in College Station which left three people dead, including the shooter, people came together to mourn slain Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann.

At Bachmann’s funeral Saturday, more than 1,000 police officers from across Texas came to pay their respect to one of their own.

Hays County Precinct 1 Constable David Peterson made the trip from San Marcos.

"This is a great day to see that all the peace officers are coming out and supporting him and his family," Peterson said.

With Patriot Guard riders outside and an arena full of officers inside, Bachmann was remembered as a loving husband, father and civil servant.

"This is the Brian Bachmann I knew, the friendly and always smiling guy, that could care less about anybody's title," Republican Congressman Bill Flores said.

Police say Bachmann was serving eviction papers to Thomas Caffall III on Monday when Caffall opened fire, killing the constable. A shootout ensued, killing a male bystander and Caffall and wounding two police officers a female bystander.

“Brian had no chance to react,” Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said. “Brian had no chance to defend himself. However, Brian was prepared for eternity."

Bachmann's friends say he would be the first to forgive his killer.

"He would lead us in that forgiveness and he would be the first person to want to take care of that man's family," Rev. Tommy Myrick, a reserve deputy constable, said.

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