A Clinton County, Missouri, police officer is scheduled to be laid to rest Monday, less than a week after he was killed.
Morton was shot and killed March 6 while responding to a call.
Thursday, three friends from Morton’s former Missouri National Guard unit got together to reminisce about Morton and discuss how they’re helping his family.
“He was a one of a kind guy,” said Andrew Lane.
“Nobody could say anything negative about him and his soul was bigger than anyone's I’ve ever met,” added Molly Jasper.
Friends say Morton was the kind of guy they could always turn to with problems and their relationships with him were something truly special.
“His friends were his family,” said Jasper.
During a deployment in Afghanistan, Morton announced his plans to continue to serve by going into law enforcement when the unit returned home to Missouri.
“How he did his job, I don't think he would do it any different. I'm very proud of him,” said Ricardo Garay.
“He was always so excited and full of gusto. And when he talked you just knew he was passionate about it,” added Jasper.
The news of Morton’s death hit his friends hard.
“Everyone's just kind of numb right now, just from the news,” said Garay.
The friends started a GoFundMe page hoping to help Morton’s family however they could.
“When we first found out we all got in touch with one another. If we could offer some way to help ease that burden I think was the intent behind it,” said Lane.
And in his honor, Morton’s military family posted tributes to him online.
Lane read some of the messages aloud while Garay and Jasper fought back tears.
“He's the most heartfelt person I’ve ever met. He will always be missed. He is our angel. Even in the worst conditions he was always in the highest of spirits. He was ready for anything and cared for everyone. We couldn't ask for a better brother in arms.”
Visitation for Morton is scheduled for Sunday, March 11, from 2-6 p.m. at Benson Center, 1008 E. Sedalia Ave., Clinton. Morton will be laid to rest Monday, March 12 at Knob Noster City Cemetery.