A horse drawn caisson brought the body of a fallen deputy sheriff to Southern Nash Senior High School while law enforcement officers lined the entire length of the high school.
Deputy Warren "Sneak" Lewis, who was assigned to the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, was gunned down Thursday night in Kinston. The veteran lawman and father of two was attempting to serve murder warrants on three suspects. Five people have been charged with the deputy's murder.
This afternoon lawmen from across the state stood in front of Southern Nash Senior High School as Lewis' casket arrived. Family members wiped away tears as Lewis' flag-draped casket was carried inside.
A Nash County detention officer described Lewis as kind, respectful and a family-man, and said his loss will be deeply felt in the community.
Lewis was later laid to rest at Hollywood Cemetery in Middlesex, where he was given a 21-gun-salute. The funeral director says four doves were also released at the grave site--three representing the Holy Trinity, and one for Lewis.
Governor Beverly Perdue asked that all flags in Lenoir and Nash counties be flown at half staff in honor of Deputy Lewis.
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday evening to honor and remember a local deputy killed in the line of duty.
Visitation for Deputy Warren Lewis was held at Joyner's Funeral Home in Wilson. A line wrapped all the way around the building as people paid their last respects to the fallen deputy that spent 24 years of his life serving the community he loved.
Lewis was shot and killed Thursday while attempting to serve a warrant on two murder suspects at a home in Kinston. Lewis was a U.S. Marshal based out of Nash County.
Nash County Sheriff, Dick Jenkins told WITN, “It'll be a void in the law enforcement family, it’s just a tragic thing and it'll take us a long time to try to deal with it."
The funeral service for Deputy Lewis will be held Monday at Southern Nash Senior High School at 2 p.m.