Our community of police, fire and family as well as perfect strangers came together at the First Baptist Church to say their goodbye to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Mia Goodwin, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 22 while working a traffic accident on Interstate 85.
Through tears, Goodwin’s father, Antonio Figueroa, talked about the day of his daughter’s wedding and how shortly before walking her down the aisle, he told her how beautiful she looked.
Mia Goodwin had been with the CMPD since 2015. She was on her fifth day back to work from maternity leave when the crash on I-85 happened.
“There’s no magic words that takes this type of pain away, nor should there be,” CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings said during his remarks.
The chief also thanked everyone from the Charlotte community, as well as around the country, for their “overwhelming” support for the department and Goodwin’s family.
Noticeably absent was Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles who is well known for her anti-police and pro BLM stance. The mayor did offer her support via twitter with "This is a day to honor a fallen hero who died in service to her community.
Lost on Vi Lyles that Officers like Mia Goodwin are the reason the rest of us sleep well at night.
Interesting to note that Vi Lyles will be in attendance just blocks away from the First Baptist Church on New Years Eve to lead the countdown to 2022.
Conflicting reports of Mayor Lyles absence continue. Seems plausible that the Mayor was in attendance, but kept an extremely low profile in order not to upset her BLM Defund the Police voting block.