Hundreds mourn slain Va. Tech officer

The casket of Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse is carried out of a funeral service at Cassell Coliseum on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Crouse's wife, Tina, center right, follows the casket. ((AP Photo/Kyle Green, Pool))
December 12, 2011 4:13:22 PM PST
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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