DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - The wife of murdered Virginia State Trooper Junius Walker spoke publicly for the first time since his death at a vigil Thursday night.
Betty Walker reached out to NBC12 last week to thank the community for the support she has received. At the vigil, held at the Smyrna Baptist Church in Dinwiddie, she thanked the community herself and talked about her late husband.
"Walker was never one to talk much about he did on a daily basis," said Betty Walker. "In fact, when I would ask him how his day was he'd say 'fine.' I'd ask, 'what did you do today?' He'd say, 'nothing.' Obviously he was minimizing what he did for the community in so many ways and it's only since his passing that we've come to realize that."
Junius Walker was murdered just three miles from home on March 7. Fellow state trooper Steve Chumley said Walker was almost finished with his shift when he received the call for a disabled car on the side of I-85.
"He was helping someone," said Chumley. "Helping someone he thought had broke down on the side of the road. There's many a law officer who if they were that close to being home and that close to getting off, would have passed that car and called it in for somebody else to handle. But that wasn't Jay. He stopped."
That stop cost Walker his life. Police say, 28-year-old Russell Brown shot the 40-year veteran multiple times. Brown has since been charged with his murder.
"There's a hole in our lives since his death that will never be filled," said Walker's widow through tears. "These candles that we're going to burn are a symbol of our love and adoration that will continue to burn in our hearts forever."
Then, candles were lit, a song was sung and a prayer said for the fallen hero and his family.
The Walkers say their next step is to make sure Junius Walker's grandchildren never forget their grandfather.