Funeral: Hundreds mourn slain Va. Tech officer
BLACKSBURG, Va. —
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.