The community gathers to honor the North Carolina trooper hit, killed by brother during traffic jam

The law enforcement community gathered this afternoon to commemorate a state soldier who tragically lost his life in the line of duty.

In January, trooper John Horton responded to a traffic stop in Rutherford County.

When his brother and fellow soldier James Horton arrived at the scene, James lost control of his patrol car.

The collision resulted in John’s death, as well as the driver John had detained.

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The Hortons said they have been working with the Highway Patrol station in Forest Hill for more than 10 years.

The community has steadfastly stood behind the family during the tragedy and offered them a generous gift.

Back the Blue North Carolina gave the family $ 92,000, which was raised through GoFundMe. The family said Horton had had six children before he died.

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The family said this has been a tough time for them, but they are grateful to everyone who has shown their support.

“It’s a family, and they have treated us like family, and they have come together and supported us and come by and helped with the children. And we all love them, ”said Ashley Horton, John’s widow.

Channel 9’s Glenn Counts said he had the chance to talk to John’s brother James, whom the family refers to as Nick.

He told Counts that he took one day at a time and that he would not wish anyone what he was going through.

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