KING GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - An emotional farewell to a Virginia State Trooper and Iraq War veteran killed in a car crash while responding to a weekend emergency.
On Tuesday, hundreds gathered at Washington and Lee High School in Montross to pay their respects to Trooper Adam Bowen.
Tears and laughter filled the gymnasium as friends, family and colleagues shared stories about Bowen. A man they say died while doing what he loved.
The 28-year-old is described as a man with integrity. A man who made his friends and family proud.
"It's heartbreaking I tell you to see a young man and his life scratched so quick," said family friend, Thomas Jenkins.
Jenkins says Bowen's unexpected death has torn a hole in the hearts of many.
"Adam is a loss to the community because we're close knit and when something like this happens to one family everybody feels the impact in some way," said Jenkins.
Flags fly at half staff in memory and honor of Bowen as he's laid to rest.
Bowen lost his life last week when his cruiser collided with another car at the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive in King George. A makeshift memorial serves as a reminder of what happened.
During his service, loved ones told mourners that Bowen was looking forward to a bright future.
He and his fiance were set to be married at Oak Grove Baptist Church in about two weeks. It's a day the pair was looking forward to - a day that was expected to be filled with celebration.
Church treasurer, Barbara Garrett, says the couple's name is still on the church's calendar.
"He was a member here. He was baptized here. His rehearsal is on our calendar for July 8th and wedding July 9th," said Garrett.
Although devastated, those who know Bowen say he'll be remembered for his great sense of humor and his kind heart.
Trooper Bowen served two tours in Iraq. He'd been with the Virginia State Police for three years. The cause of the crash in which Trooper Bowen died remains under investigation.