Thousands pay tribute to fallen Va. State Trooper J. A. Walker

Master Trooper Junius Walker
Master Trooper Junius Walker

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Thousands crowded into a Petersburg church Tuesday to honor Virginia State Police Master Trooper Junius Walker.

The Virginia State Police estimates 3,000 people were in attendance for the funeral service at Good Shepherd Baptist.

Governor Bob McDonnell, Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty and Retired Col. Gerald Massengill spoke at the funeral. Pastor Herbert Anderson delivered the eulogy to relatives, friends, members of the community and law enforcement from Virginia and several other states.

Walker was 63-years-old and joined the Virginia State Police in 1973. He patrolled Dinwiddie since 1984 and was close to retirement. He leaves behind a wife, two daughters, a son and three young grandchildren.

Mobile link for photos from Walker's funeral service

Walker was shot and killed Thursday while attempting to aid a vehicle stopped on the side of Interstate 85 south in Dinwiddie.

Russell E. Brown, 28, of Chesterfield was arrested and faces capital murder and attempted capital murder charges in the death. Brown's family has said they believe he had a mental breakdown brought on by a child custody battle, overwhelming child support payments, the death of his mother, loss of his job and eviction from his apartment.

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