Josie Wells' sisters attend memorial remembering slain Deputy US Marshal

Josie Wells' sisters attend memorial remembering slain Deputy US Marshal
Plaque in honor of Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells (Source: WAFB)
Plaque in honor of Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was standing room only inside the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge as family and friends gathered to keep a legacy going.

Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells, who was killed serving a warrant one year ago, was remembered Friday for his bright white smile and contagious spirit. A suspect was also killed in the shootout.

Friday's service was all about a life well lived. Wells' sister, Melanie Wells, said her little brother left them with love and a wonderful nephew. Wells' wife gave birth to his son, Josie, a few months after he was killed.

"His son is wonderful, looks just like him," she said. "Absolutely wonderful. He's six months now, growing, healthy, just a blessing from God."

Taniesha Wells-Garcia, another sister of Wells, said her brother was wonderful from the start.

"We always knew he was going to do great things," she said. "I mean he's always done great things and he still doing great things. And to see that everyone is being supportive and acknowledging that, that means a lot to us, to the family, it means a lot to us."

Days after the shooting, the community rallied around Josie's family, raising thousands of dollars to support his wife and son.

Harrison said the outpouring of support did a lot to ease the pain of the loss and remind his deputies why they do what they do.

"It reassures them that are more good people in this world than there are bad. It gives them sense of not only service but community," said Harrison.

Harrison unveiled a plaque with Wells' picture on it that will serve as a permanent reminder of his sacrifice and their mission.

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