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Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers honored with procession

Joshua Moyers died after being shot twice during a traffic stop Friday morning. The 29-year-old was planning his wedding.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Thousands of people lined the streets between Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach Monday evening as a procession led the body of Joshua Moyers back to a funeral home in his home county of Nassau.

Joshua Moyers died after being shot twice during a traffic stop Friday morning. The 29-year-old was planning his wedding. 

Sheriff Bill Leeper confirmed the news Sunday afternoon.

“It is with great sadness that I announce Deputy Josh Moyers has passed away this afternoon, September 26, 2021 at 2:19 PM at UF health in Jacksonville. Please keep Josh’s family and fiancé in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate this terrible tragedy," Leeper said.

In the days since his shooting, tributes poured in from all over the state from average residents to Gov. DeSantis. In addition, more than $32,000 has been raised to support his fiance on Go Fund Me.

With the completion of Moyers' medical examination, officials organized a grand procession to the funeral home, where his body will be kept until his funeral. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

Word spread quickly throughout the area and groups organized along the procession route to honor Moyers as the procession passed by them. People could be seen waving American flags while others stood solemnly with their hand over their hearts. It was a quiet scene with the exception of the law enforcement vehicles passing.

All of this played with the backdrop of a near-perfect Florida sunset with barely any visible clouds to hinder the fading light.

Scores of law enforcement officers volunteered to help lead the procession as they carried one of their brothers in service back home in a tribute fitting for a hero.