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Dec122011

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  He described Ashley as withdrawn, but added that he, “was definitely off in some ways,” but not necessarily any more off than other folks.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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