Funeral date announced for slain prison officer Joseph Gomm

The service will be held on Thursday.
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The Minnesota Department of Corrections has announced that the funeral of Stillwater prison officer Joseph Gomm will be held this Thursday.

The service for the 45 year old from Blaine will be held at 11 a.m. at North Heights Lutheran Church, at 1700 W. Hwy. 96, in Arden Hills.

More details are expected to be provided by the department later this week.

Gomm had worked for the corrections service for 16 years when on Wednesday he was brutally assaulted by an inmate, sustaining injuries that later proved fatal at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The chief suspect in the attack is 42-year-old convicted murderer Edward Johnson, who reportedly stabbed Gomm before hitting him with a hammer.

Tributes have been paid to Gomm, by among others, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Gomm's fellow corrections officers, and his family.

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His brother Anthony told KSTP Gomm "had one of the kindest souls, heart, and was dedicated to his job, life, and family."

This kind nature showed itself right to the end, with FOX 9 reporting that in the hours before his death, Gomm had emailed the Raptor Center to enquire after the health of two American kestrels he'd rescued and delivered to the center a few days earlier.

A statement released Friday evening by Gomm's family said they are taking comfort in "knowing how many people loved Joe as much as we did and how many of his friends and colleagues share our devastation and grief."

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