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Vigil held at Gloucester High School for slain trooper

Posted at 7:45 PM, Apr 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-03 19:45:48-04

Gloucester, Va. - A candle light vigil was held for slain trooper Chad Dermyer at Gloucester High School on Sunday afternoon.

"It`s been hard to take in and accept the fact that somebody with so much life as Chad could be gone in just such an instant," Virginia State Trooper Joseph Napier said.

Family and friends describe him as being upbeat and always helpful.

"Chad was a very thorough trooper. Very well paced trooper. As any picture you`ve ever seen of him, his smile just showed how much life was in him," Napier explained.

Even though he’s gone in body, they say Dermyer leaves behind a lasting impression.

"Even now while he’s resting, he can still people together," Napier said.

Dermyer was killed at a Grayhound Bus Station in Richmond on Thursday afternoon.

The suspect was killed and two others were injured.

State Police lit candles in honor of Trooper Dermyer.

As Virginia State Police continue to investigate, Trooper Dermyer, who served in VSP's Chesapeake Division,  is being remembered as an outstanding asset the force.

He had just recently transferred to the state police Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

On Saturday, police announced the funeral arrangements.

Visitation will be allowed April 4 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  at Liberty Baptist Church on 1021 Big Bethel Road in Hampton.

The funeral service will be held in the same location the following day on April 5th, 2016 at 11 a.m.

The graveside burial will be for family members, VSP executive staff, Area 46, CCI, 112nd Basic Session, and Newport News Police officers at Rosewell Memorial Garden after the service.

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