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Family and friends remember Trooper Walker a year after his death

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A Virginia State trooper killed in the line of duty is honored one year after his death.

Family and friends say they've found comfort in sharing stories about the man they call a gental giant.

An outpouring of love and support for Officer Junius Walker at the rest area named in his honor. Walker was killed one year ago during a traffic stop on I-85.

People who know him and even those that didn't say his life made a huge impact on others.

Jerry Dyson who lived a few miles from Trooper Walker was passing out flags to those who stopped by.

"When people make it to their destination, they say, 'Hey, I was given a gift at a rest area for a trooper that fell in the line of duty' and therefore they can carry the message a little further," said Dyson.

A thirteen mile stretch of I-85 was named after Trooper Walker. His family says that goes a long way to carrying on his memory after an extremely tough year.

"We had a lot of firsts this year. We have gone through first Christmas, birthday, Father's Day and so forth, but with the grace of God we have survived," said Walker's sister, Mary Maclin.

She says countless stories about her brother that she hears from others has also helped.

"We've met so many wonderful people that he has touched their lives and said so many wonderful things about him. We never knew he had done so many wonderful things," she said. "We loved him and knew he was a good person but now we have found so many other people that feel the same way we do."

Russel Brown, the man accused of murdering Walker was declared incompetent to stand trial.

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