Murdered police officer laid to rest

Officer Mitch Prince (left) with his family
Officer Mitch Prince (left) with his family

JANUARY 21, 2005 -- Hundreds of family members, friends and law enforcement officers from all over the region gathered in Shallotte Thursday to bury Boiling Springs Police Officer Mitch Prince.

Officials say a 19-year-old from Alamance County killed the Boiling Spring Lakes police officer during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning. His accused killer, Darrell Maness, is now behind bars, but for the people in Brunswick County, Thursday was about Prince.

You could see the sadness in faces, and feel the pain inside the Highest Praise Worship Center in Shallotte.

Bagpipes played as a horse drawn caisson brought Prince to the cemetery in Supply. The funeral brought tears to the eyes of family and friends, as well as brave law enforcement officers.

Prince's fellow officers honored the 36-year-old father of two with a 21-gun salute, followed by a final page, a tradition reserved for an emergency worker killed in the line of duty.

There was not a dry eye in the cemetery as Prince's widow laid her head to her husband's coffin, a final good-bye to a man remembered as a fine officer, and a dedicated family man.

If you'd like to send your condolences to the Prince family, you can do so on the Everlasting Memories web site.

Reported by Maggie Alexander