BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) – Officers from around the state converged on Blacksburg for today's funeral service. Officer Crouse was gunned down last week during a traffic stop by a University of Radford student. That student later killed himself. Tonight we still don't have a motive for the murder.
He and his family made the ultimate sacrifice, and thousands in uniform and Hokie colors-maroon and orange showed their support today. A campus now known for its resilience. Deriek Crouse was remembered as a loving husband- father- dedicated public servant and even a loyal Pittsburg Steelers fan.
The silence- unbearable as Officer Deriek Crouse's wife Tina and their young sons arrived at Cassell Coliseum. They were joined by hundreds of police officers...of Virginia, Maryland and some from as far away as California. They came by cruiser and motorcycle.
"My thoughts go out to his family, friends. And other officers here," said Captain Gary Ladin with the Richmond Police Department.
Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield officers left early in the morning for Blacksburg. All with the same thought running through their heads.
"It's us. This could be us tomorrow. We're all part of this it's a brotherhood. It's a very somber time. But it's a show of honor and honoring the family and the fallen officer we're not going to miss it," said Henrico Police Captain Chris Alberta.
"It's an honor to be here. Tech, we know their chief very well and its privilege to be here and support," said Chief David McCoy, University of Richmond Police.
Governor Bob McDonnell honored Crouse as a lifelong public servant. He said there are some acts of violence you can never fully explain.
"Your gripped by the sadness and yet emboldened by what heroes will do for the cause of freedom and justice," he said.
Sgt. Tom Gallemore served side by side with Crouse on the VT force.
"I'm proud to say I knew Deriek Crouse and he was my friend. He will truly be missed and never forgotten. We all love you Deriek and thank you for your sacrifice. Every one of us would gladly trade places with you," Gallemore said.