Investigator Farrah Turner succumbs to injuries sustained in Florence shooting
FLORENCE, S.C. (WOLO) – Another officer who authorities say was ambushed in an attack in Florence County earlier this month has died from her injuries.
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Deputy Farrah B. Turner died Monday following the incident that left five others wounded.
“She was always smiling,” Nicole Bethea said, a friend of Turner.
“She had the most beautiful smile, she had the best personality. She was beautiful inside and out,” Doris Ohara said, another friend who was at the staged car in front of the Florence Justice Center. Farrah “Maxine” Turner succumbed to the injuries she sustained when she and two other Florence County Deputies were abused when they were going to Fred Hopkins home to conduct an interview.
“It’s been a really terrible month obviously from the very beginning,” Nicole Bethea said.
Florence Police Department Sergeant Terrence Carraway died on the scene while trying to assist. Turner was one of six other officers who were shot. All other officers are out of the hospital but some remain in rehabilitation facilities. According to her GoFundMe page, Turner had to have both her feet amputated, and underwent 9 surgeries.
“She was definitely a fighter, there’s no doubt about it,” Nicole Bethea said.
“I don’t think anyone could ever match her heart and her love that she had for her community,” Doris Ohara said.
All the victims were allegedly shot by 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins.
“This rocked our city… so, the least I could do is come pay respect to officer Turner,” Cassandra Guerrero said, a Florence community member who wanted to pay her respects to Turner. “This is one of those things people don’t think can ever happen to them, around them, to people they know.“
Authorities say officers were ambushed when they arrived at Hopkins’ home to speak with his son about a sexual assault investigation on October 3.
Once more, the community of Florence is banding together to hold up those who protect them.
“It’s just one big family. Everybody feels the pain no matter what agency it is. They’re all brothers and sisters in blue, and we all support all of them. It’s one big family,” Nicole Bethea said.
Information on Turner’s funeral service can be found here:
The funeral service for FCSO Investigator Farrah B. Turner will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 beginning at 12:00 noon at the Florence Center located at 3300 West Radio Road in Florence, SC. Interment will follow the funeral service at Florence Memorial Gardens located at 3320 South Cashua Drive, Florence, SC.
Henryhand Funeral Homes in Lake City, SC is in charge.
Make a donation to Turner’s GofundMe page by clicking here.