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Slain Va. trooper remembered as devoted family man

The family of Virginia State Police police office Chad P. Dermyer watch as his casket is taken out of the Liberty Baptist Church following a memorial service Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Hampton, Va. Dermyer was killed in the line of duty at the... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

A slain Virginia state trooper is being remembered as an exceptional officer and a devoted family man.

Thousands of mourners gathered at the Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton Tuesday to celebrate the life of Trooper Chad P. Dermyer.

Cyndi Grace was Dermyer's partner at the Newport News Police Department. She called him an "exceptional man" with a "megawatt" smile that illuminated every room he was in.

State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said Derymyer left a lasting impression on everyone who met him.

Authorities say Dermyer was fatally shot by James Brown III at the Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond on Thursday. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Hundreds of police officers are gathering to mourn the death of a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a bus station.

Virginia State Police say about 20 state police agencies from across the country will be represented at the funeral for Trooper Chad P. Derymyer on Tuesday. More than 3,000 people are anticipated at the ceremony at the Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton.

Alabama State Trooper Jason Fox called Dermyer a "true American hero." He said he came to the ceremony to show Virginia State Police and Dermyer's family that they have support throughout the country.

Authorities say Dermyer was fatally shot by James Brown III at the Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond on Thursday.

A private burial in Gloucester County will follow the funeral.

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Mourners will gather to remember a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a Richmond Greyhound bus station.

A funeral for Trooper Chad P. Dermyer will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton. A private burial will follow in Gloucester County.

Authorities say Dermyer was fatally shot by James Brown III at the busy bus terminal, where police were holding a counterterrorism training exercise. Brown, of Aurora, Illinois, was killed by two other state troopers after he opened fire.

Police haven't said what they believe motivated the shooting.

The slain trooper is survived by his wife and two children. He was a former Marine who previously served on police forces in Jackson, Michigan, and Newport News, Virginia.