Even if you didn't know College Station resident, Christopher Northcliffe, or Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann, you have been probably been touched in some way by their deaths. It's the very reason so many have reached out to show support during this difficult time. Each day we're learning more and more about the victims and their families.
"Brian is not with us today," said a tearful Marc Hamlin Wednesday morning; just three days after his long-time friend Brian Bachmann was shot and killed.
"He sat in that chair Friday,” Hamlin lamented.
It's a reality that Hamlin says he still can't fathom; knowing his friend and former colleague won't be calling to say hello, or even more so – stopping by his office to sit in the same -- ever again.
“What Brian was doing the other day was a common event; whether you were going on a call for a disturbance, or to check on the welfare, or find someone to deliver a civil paper,” explained Hamlin. “No one will ever know if this person, if it was just whoever was going to walk up to the door next; if it would have been someone who was selling something, someone who stopping to ask for directions, or if it was Brian in uniform – I’m not for sure, and I’m not sure if we’ll ever know.”
Gripping on to a coin that Bachmann brought back for Hamlin after a church mission trip, the Brazos County District Clerk described what an impact Bachmann had in the Brazos Valley.
“He always did the right thing; Brian's foundation was very solid and his focus was on being a true public servant. He was still humbled that people would entrust him with holding an office,” said Hamlin. “Every time he’d come back from a mission trip he’d always bring me back something; if you look on my wall you can see the first thing he brought me, that plaque, it says, ‘You can do all things through Christ.’ “explained Hamlin. “Another thing he brought back for me was a coin; and he said, ‘One of them, I’ll have and carry in my pocket, and you will have yours in your pocket and what the coin says is ‘Put on the full armor of God, the breast plate of righteousness.’ “
It's a coin that Hamlin says he never leaves home without.
"Brian told me, ‘No matter what happens to us, He will take care of us,’“said Hamlin. “His foundation was the Lord; and he was a tremendous family man.”
Bachmann lived in south College Station with his wife and two kids.
“When you say unique, really words don’t express just how unique he was,” said Hamlin. “He was not a person who held grudges and he left behind a lot of himself with his family. Colby, whose 14-years-old, called me and said, ‘Mr. Marc, I'm not sure if you can do this but I have a request, can you tell me who tried to save my dad? I want him to sit at the funeral with me."
Hamlin says Bachmann's son is a spitting image of his father.
“Once you see him, his facial features, his demeanor, his smile...and I told Brian many times, I said you should really be ashamed of yourself, you marked both of those children...they look just like you,” Hamlin said. “What Brian left behind was a lot of himself within his family and that’s the strength were looking at with them and eve n talking with each of them, they’re just amazing they each have that common thread between all of them; they’re just worried about other people, and trying to make sure everyone gets thanked and recognized.”
The family is finding strength through friends, through community and their infinite faith.
If you'd like to pay your respects or honor the victims of the shooting in your own way...KBTX has set up at Memorial page on Facebook. Information on funeral arrangements and memorial funds can also be found here. You can find the link on our KBTX Media Facebook page or just type "facebook.com/Victims Remembered 8-13".