RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The General Assembly took a few minutes at the start of its one-day reconvened session to honor a slain state trooper and his family.
Master Trooper Junius A. Walker's wife Betty dabbed tears from the corners of her eyes during a tribute in the state Senate on Wednesday. She, other family members and some of Walker's colleagues listened as Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling praised the trooper for his dedicated service and many acts of kindness. Sen. Henry Marsh of Richmond called Walker "a compassionate man of integrity."
Walker received a similar tribute in the House of Delegates.
The 63-year-old trooper was fatally shot on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County on March 7. Twenty-eight-year-old Russell E. Brown III of Chesterfield County is charged with capital murder and other charges.