DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - To folks like Nancy Mayer, Master Trooper J.A. Walker was more than just law enforcement.
"He was a great man, he was very formidable but kind and gentle, he will cut you a break if you needed one and I just felt safe knowing he lived just down the street from here," said Mayer.
Mayer says she taught one of Walker's daughters years ago - and says her heart is broken for his wife and two girls.
"It's just so sad because he always wanted to help people, he'd be the first one there if something was wrong, to help you, and here was a man out just doing his job," said Mayer.
Those who knew him well say Walker was planning to retire soon.
For Victor Orahood, Walker was a mentor.
"Great guy, loving guy, would give his shirt off his back," said Orahood.
Orahood says he knew walker for nearly 20 years.
"Walker was a man of honor," he said.
And like many in the community - victor is not only filled with sadness, he's angry at the man who pulled the trigger.
"This individual needs to pay," he said.
"He was just a great man, a kind person who would always help you. And whatever you needed he would help you and he will be missed and his family has my prayers and the state of VA has suffered a great loss today," said Mayer.