PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Troopers traveled from across the country to remember a fallen officer Monday night. It was standing room only at the wake for Master Trooper Junius Walker.
Walker was shot and killed last week during a traffic stop on Interstate 85. He was a 35-year veteran of the state police.
Captain Londell Jamerson and Captain Brad Jones traveled from Missouri to remember a trooper killed in the line of duty.
"That is the scariest part," said Captain Jamerson. "When you think you are helping someone and the next thing you know you are in a very dire situation.
Captain Jamerson and Jones made the trip voluntarily to salute the 63-year-old master trooper who was planning to retire after 35 years of service.
"I'm about to get ready to retire," said Caption Jones. "And I think of going through an entire career and then have this happen to you at the end."
Long lines started forming at 4:30 p.m. for a service that started at 6:30.
"The stuff that we run across and situations like this they really keep you grounded," said Virginia Senior Trooper Patrick.
Troopers were especially touched by the actions of people like Jerry Dyson of Dinwiddie. He came to the wake carrying the state flag. It was his way of honoring a man who will be missed by this community.
"He had a sense of humor on him that wouldn't stop and he had a real quick wit," remembers Patrick. "It was one of the reasons we loved him."
The family is asking that donations be given to the Virginia State Police Emergency Relief Fund.
A rescued bald eagle is soaring in the skies above Virginia. It was dedicated to the memory of Trooper Junius Walker on Friday.
Walker's funeral will be held at Petersburg's Good Shepherd Baptist Church. The service begins Tuesday at 11 a.m. Governor Bob McDonnell will be among the speakers.