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Friends and family gathered at the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bloomingdale Friday night to remember Corporal Rick Hall, a former Chatham County deputy, on the one-year anniversary of his death.

The 14-year veteran and former Marine was killed in a crash at the end of his shift last year.

Troopers who investigated the crash say Hall was hit while trying to make a U-turn. Officers from all over the region attended Deputy Hall's funeral a week later.

At the time of his death, other deputies told us he could put a smile on anyone's face.

"It's good to remember him because everybody misses him. He's awesome. Love him to death," said best friend Roger Browne.

They shared stories and even laughs, at times. Rick Hall left all of them with a missing spot.

"I just miss his presence. I can remember my brother's footsteps when he came up on my parent's porch and I'm still waiting to hear them," said sister, Jennifer Roberson.

Rick's sister organized the event Friday, just another step in the long grieving process.

"Our year has not been normal. It's been a year of trying to figure out a new normal," said Roberson.

His death still a tough reality to grasp.

"There are so many feeling that go on every day that goes by that he's not here. Sometimes it's hard to make it through," said Browne.

"We want to keep his memory alive. This is all about him. So it's just coming out and showing our love and support and keeping his memory alive. That's what it's for," said Roberson.

And judging by the turnout, that won't ever happen.

"I think that he'll never be forgotten, and that's through the family, his friends, the police department,” said Scott Balph, Hall’s cousin. "He's just an all-around good guy. We'll miss him.”

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office donated a wreath for the event.

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