Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

July 26, 2013

Va police dedicating highway for slain trooper

DINWIDDIE, Va. —  Virginia and community leaders are gathering to dedicate a section of Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County in honor of a slain Virginia State Police trooper.

An unveiling and dedication ceremony is scheduled for Friday for the “Master Trooper Junius A. Walker Memorial Highway.”

Sixty-three-year-old Walker was fatally shot on I-85 in Dinwiddie County during a traffic stop in March. Russell E. Brown of Chesterfield is charged with capital murder in Walker’s death.

A section of I-85 southbound from the Route 703 overpass to the Brunswick County line is being named in the 35-year veteran’s honor.

Signs will be placed along the interstate. And a smaller version of the highway signs will be placed at a nearby rest area as an accessible memorial for the public to safely pay their respects.

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