AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - It was a rather quiet Thursday night outside of the memorial site for both officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith outside the Russell Thomas Jr. Public Safety Building in downtown Americus. And although there is some peace, two close friends are still living a nightmare.
While the cars crept by the memorial site of the fallen officers, you can fell the sadness on this winter night.
A time that folks should be glowing with holiday spirit, it has been replaced with grief.
A long-time friend, the past 48 hours have been unfathomable.
"It's been the last 24-48 have been crucial. There's been so much chaos in a small town," said officers' friend.
"If you know Jody, you know Nick. If you know Nick, you know Jody," said officers' friend.
A strong Smith has watched blossom over the years, and the reason why she wasn't surprised that Nick Smarr spent his final hours trying to save his best friend Jody.
"If anything that can teach you that you friendship is strong but loyalty is always first," said officers' friend.
Will Meadows attended Americus High School with both officers.
"Now that they're better off than before that gives some comfort but it's still hard for the people who are still here," said Meadows.
But for now, all he can do is remember Smarr and Smith.
"Remember them for who they were, they were the life of the party," said Meadows.
For Meadows the biggest relief would be an end to the violence.
"I want it to stop the violence between cops and criminals, I want to stop. They're not here to persecute you, they're here to protect you," said Meadows.
Friends and family are asking for prayers at they go through this difficult time.