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Virginia Tech Hosts Slain Police Officer’s Funeral Monday

Jared Soares/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- A funeral will be held on the campus of Virginia Tech Monday for school police officer Deriek Crouse, who law enforcement sources say was shot to death last Thursday by a gunman who then killed himself.

Crouse’s funeral will be held at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum.  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will attend the funeral, along with law enforcement personnel from around the region.

The slain officer's wife, Tina Crouse, told the Roanoke Times her husband texted “love you lots” moments before the shooting.  She told the newspaper, “Someone took our life from us.”

Law enforcement investigators have identified 22-year-old Ross Ashley as the shooter.  Ashley was a part-time business major at Radford University in Virginia.

Matt Dailey, a Radford University student who considered Ashley his best friend, told the Roanoke Times he had accompanied Ashley two or three times to a shooting range near Blacksburg, but that was months ago.

Dailey told the newspaper he, “didn’t see this coming.”  He described Ashley as withdrawn, but added that he, “was definitely off in some ways,” but not necessarily any more off than other folks.

No motive has been given for the shooting, but the Virginia State Police say their investigation into the case continues.

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Alleged Virginia Tech Shooter Identified

Virginia State Police(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- Police have identified Ross Truett Ashley as the alleged gunman who fatally shot a Virginia Tech police officer before killing himself about 30 minutes later.

There is no known connection between the officer, who was ambushed on campus Thursday, and Ashley, 22, of Partlow, Va., police said Friday.

But there is evidence that the shooter went to some lengths to assassinate Officer Deriek Crouse. Ashley stole a white 2011 Mercedes SUV from a real estate office in the city of Radford Wednesday, according to Radford City Police. The Mercedes was stolen at gunpoint at about 11:25 a.m.

The SUV was located the next day, Thursday, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Officer Crouse later stopped a car and was seated inside his unmarked patrol car when Ashley fatally shot him, police allege. Ashley escaped on foot and changed out of his wool cap and pullover top, police said.

At least part of the deadly encounter that rattled the campus Thursday was captured on Crouse's dash-cam and since the Virginia Tech officers are also "miked," so there was likely audio of the encounter.

"We know who this person is," Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police said at a news conference Friday morning.

Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the ambush.

"At this time we have made no connection that the shooter and Officer Crouse knew each other at the time of the shooting," Geller said.

She also said, "We are very confident that he was the only individual involved in this."

Determining a motive for the ambush, Geller said, is "the fundamental part of the investigation right now."

Crouse, who was ambushed as he sat in his police car, was not able to return fire, Geller said. He died at the scene.

The gunman was spotted later by an officer acting suspiciously in a campus garage, but by the time the officer reached the suspect he was dead.

"We found him laying on the ground and he had suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the handgun was found nearby," Geller said.

The shooting came almost five years after the deadly massacre at the Blacksburg, Va., school, when Seung Hui-Cho killed 32 other people before killing himself.

A candlelight vigil also took place Friday on Drillfield. An impromptu vigil was held Thursday night.

Fall term final exams that were originally scheduled to begin Friday will start Saturday instead, school officials said.

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