When word spread that a Brazos County Constable was shot and killed while serving eviction papers to a College Station renter, it was hard for a lot of people to come to grips with that. Four days later -- the community continues to provide support to the families whose lives are forever changed.
As the sun set over the Castle Rock neighborhood in South College Station...
“Their dad is not coming home anymore,” lamented family friend Sean McCarroll.
Friends, colleagues and neighbors both near and far -- gathered in front of the Bachmann home -- whispering prayers that a family of three -- finds strength.
“They're strong, very strong and that's probably where they get it because Brian was very strong,” said McCarroll.
Whether you knew him or not…
“Anytime you saw Brian, he was smiling, and he had a heck of a sense of humor,” explained McCarroll.
It seems everyone has a story to tell about Brian Bachmann, including Sean McCarroll -- who's known Bachmann for nearly 20 years.
McCarroll added, “He was that type of person if you saw that smile you wanted to go shake his hand and meet him.”
Bachmann was a man whose heart was dedicated to public service.
“There's a saying that you don't choose law enforcement, rather law enforcement chooses you,” said explained McCarroll.
A former sheriff's deputy, Bachmann survived a close call early-on in his 20-year law enforcement career.
"We went from the jail to patrol, narcotics, I mean we seemed to be together all the time," said McCarroll. "We were just together all the time."
But despite the close call, McCarroll says Bachmann would never -- in a lifetime -- ponder the idea of hanging up his badge.
“If he knew 20 years ago, and if you could have whispered in his ear that this day would have occurred, he would have given you his famous Brian Bachmann smile and proudly said, 'So help me God' as he finished,” said McCarroll. “Brian would not have changed a thing.”
Savoring the memories of his close friend, McCarroll says he and his brothers at the Brazos County Sheriff's Office are taking the family under their wing as Bachmann's three kids find strength without their rock and the selfless man they've always called --- dad.
“We'll never be able to fill Brian's shoes, but we will do our best to help those kids as best as we can," added McCarroll.
Thousands are expected to gather Saturday for the funeral services for Brian Bachmann and well as for shooting victim Christopher Northcliffe. A viewing for Constable Bachmann is Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. Then on Saturday, a funeral service for Bachmann will be held at Reed Arena on the Texas A&M campus starting at 2 P.M.