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Funeral: Hundreds mourn slain Va. Tech officer

A big contingent of law enforcement officials is expected to honor a fallen brother when a funeral is held today for a Virginia Tech police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Funeral: Hundreds mourn slain Va. Tech officer

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Tech police officer ambushed in a shooting that revived memories of the 2007 massacre on campus was eulogized before hundreds as a loving husband, father and public servant.

Bagpipers somberly escorted the flag-draped coffin of Deriek W. Crouse into a campus coliseum for Monday's funeral as officers, family, friends and dignitaries looked on.

Gov. Bob McDonnell called the Army veteran who had served in Iraq a lifelong public servant.

Crouse was slain Thursday during a routine traffic stop in the coliseum's parking lot. A student at a nearby college who police said shot Crouse was found dead afterward of a self-inflicted gunshot wound nearby. Investigators said they found no link between them.

Crouse joined Tech's force six months after the massacre that left 32 dead, including the gunman.

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