VT officer's widow grateful for support

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - The widow of the police officer gunned down earlier this month on the Virginia Tech campus is drawing strength from the support of thousands.

Tina Crouse told The Roanoke Times that she wants to say thank you but isn't sure how. She and her family have received gifts, letters and cards, and more than $150,000 donated to a support fund.

Deriek Crouse was fatally shot Dec. 8 on the Blacksburg campus. The 39-year-old was a married father of five children and stepchildren.

Tina Crouse says the love she's felt has cushioned her against her own grief. She says she was in awe that law enforcement officers from all over the country paid tribute to her husband at the funeral, along with eulogies by both friends and Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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