CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - Friends, family and law enforcement agencies remembered Corporal Josh Smith Wednesday at a visitation ceremony.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed last week while off-duty, authorities confirmed.
"It was a whole lot of chaos at the time, but we learned that my officer had been fatally shot and the suspect was still at large," said Captain Chad Moore, with Mississippi Highway Patrol District 29.
Authorities say suspect Troy Anthony Eaton was charged with one count of murder and also one count of attempted murder.
Smith and a second victim, 38-year-old Rickie Vick, were riding 4-wheelers before the incident, according to Moore.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family, which has already raised over $5,000.
Those who knew Smith well, shared what they cherished about him the most.
"What I remember most about him is his smile," said Moore. "He smiles a lot, just a fun and easy-going guy. He's got a wife and two kids now he's left behind."
Smith leaves beind his wife Chelsea and their two children, ages one and nine-year-old.
There will be another visitation Thursday at Crossroads Arena from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The funeral will follow at the same location.