Funeral to be held for VT Police officer

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - People across the state and the nation will be remembering the Virginia Tech Police officer who was killed last week.

The funeral will be held Monday for Officer Deriek Crouse.

The family will have a chance to honor the 39-year-old police officer who spent his life protecting others and also serving our country.

People came together to pay their last respects to Officer Crouse at a visitation in Christiansburg Sunday.

That's where he was living with his wife and three kids before he was killed.

Investigators say last Thursday, 22-year-old Ross Ashley walked up to Officer Crouse on Virginia Tech's campus, and shot and killed him.

People who knew Crouse say he was a family man — he cared deeply for his wife and children, and he was a devout member of Tech's police force for more than four years.

"He was an amazing father to his son, Dustin," said Darris Upchurch, the victim's brother. "His son just completely idolized him. And he was a very good step-father to other boys in his family."

The funeral service for Officer Crouse will begin Monday at 2:00 p.m.

It will be held at Cassell Coliseum on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Deriek Crouse also completed an 18-month tour-of-duty of Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

Flags across the state will also be at half staff to honor him.

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