|Slain Deputy Laid to Rest|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2012 15:14|
The rain over the Watauga hills added to the somber mood as family, friends, and hundreds upon hundreds of law enforcement and emergency services personnel lined the drive to Mount Vernon Baptist Church. (Video at: http://www.youtube.com/user/GoBlueRidgeNews)
At the last moment, the rain stopped. Paige Mast joined parents of the slain officer in behind the horse-drawn caisson carrying the body of her husband, William Mast Jr., to the church door. Inside, the sanctuary was filled well beyond capacity, several hundred—mostly law enforcement from around the region and across the country—waited outside. Inside, to hymns and the voices of a children’s choir from Bibleway Baptist—William’s home church—the stories and remembrances poured forth. Deputy William Mast Jr., was the first ever Watauga deputy to be killed in the line of duty, shot early last Thursday morning answering a call in the Deep Gap area, laid to rest finally at his family cemetery in the Cove Creek area. Even with the funeral plans running over an hour behind, there were scores of folks waiting along the route the funeral procession would take through Boone and beyond, waiting to show their respect for the lawman who gave his life.
Another family will grieve and say goodbye today, a family touched by the same tragedy. 33-year old Mitchell Allen Trivette will be laid to rest after a 5pm funeral today at Pilot Mountain Baptist Church. Lawmen say Trivette was the man who fire the shotgun that killed William Mast Jr.
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