According to TDCJ Jovian Motley, age 27, died in the line of duty Monday at the Wainwright Unit in Lovelady, Houston County. “Officer Motley was a hero who tragically died while protecting his fellow officers and the public,” TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier said in a statement. “His courage and dedication will forever be remembered. We are praying for his family, friends, and co-workers during this difficult time.” Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Eric Nichols said Motley “demonstrated unwavering commitment to serving his community and gave his life for others.” “His sacrifice is a solemn reminder of the bravery exhibited every day by the men and women in corrections. He will never be forgotten,” he added. Governor Abbott shared a statement earlier today:”Texas grieves for the loss of one of its brave correctional officers, who selflessly put his life on the line each day to protect his community, fellow officers, and Texans. We must never take for granted the service and sacrifice of our correctional officers. Cecilia and I pray for Officer Jovian Motley and his family and ask all Texans to keep his loved ones in their prayers during this heartbreaking time.“Motley joined the agency in October 2022. Motley’s girlfriend was informed Monday night that an incident may have occurred that involved the officer, then she called his mother, Tammica Motley. The mother did not get information from TDCJ officials, so she and her husband drove to the Wainwright Prison, according to Deric Muhammad, an activist who knew the officer. They were then told that Jovian had died. The mother later identified the body of her son, and she was allegedly not allowed to touch him or have a moment with her son. “The community is heartbroken at the news of Jovian’s death. Jovian was well-loved,” he said. The family is demanding that those responsible be held accountable. The Office of Inspector General is leading the investigation into his death.