Flags are at half-staff at the Lubbock County Courthouse in remembrance of County Court at Law Judge Rusty Ladd, who died at the age of 59.
Ladd died Friday night after his motorcycle was struck by an SUV driven by a 17-year-old who pulled out in front of him. At first his injuries did not seem to be life threatening, but late Friday his condition worsened.
For the first time, employees at the courthouse headed back to work without the judge. Dozens remembered him by simply doing what Judge Ladd did every day, by reciting the pledge of allegiance.
Members of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyer Association and courthouse employees also paid their respects with a moment of silence. Most of them knew Judge Ladd for the 12 years he was a Lubbock County Court at Law Judge.
"He was just an exceptional man - he was just the kind of person that everyone should admire," said Lubbock County Court at Law Judge, Drue Farmer.
Lynn McClendon knew the judge from the city council's homelessness committee, where they worked together for six months.
"I'm just still in shock over it. I had felt like I had met a new friend. I'm just shocked," said McClendon while wiping her tears.
She says was very passionate about helping the homeless. In fact, Judge Ladd worked with the homeless at Carpenter's Church downtown for over a decade.
"Even though he had a busy schedule, he was almost always there which was quite an effort on his part," said McClendon.
Funeral Services will be held at the Broadway Church of Christ on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Carpenter's Church, 1924 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401 or the Lubbock Children's Home, 4404 Idalou Rd., Lubbock, TX 79403.
Ladd is survived through his wife, daughter and two sons.
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