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Thousands gather to honor slain Texas trooper

April 7, 2021 GMT
Law enforcement officers from several agencies bow their heads during prayer during the funeral of Texas State Trooper Chad Walker, Wednesday April 7, 2021, in Groesbeck, Texas. Walker, 38, had been on life support following a March 26 shooting near Mexia, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. He died several days later at a Waco hospital. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
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Law enforcement officers from several agencies bow their heads during prayer during the funeral of Texas State Trooper Chad Walker, Wednesday April 7, 2021, in Groesbeck, Texas. Walker, 38, had been on life support following a March 26 shooting near Mexia, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. He died several days later at a Waco hospital. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
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Law enforcement officers from several agencies bow their heads during prayer during the funeral of Texas State Trooper Chad Walker, Wednesday April 7, 2021, in Groesbeck, Texas. Walker, 38, had been on life support following a March 26 shooting near Mexia, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. He died several days later at a Waco hospital. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

GROESBECK, Texas (AP) — About 5,000 people gathered Wednesday at a Texas high school football stadium to pay their respects to a state trooper who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Chad Walker, 38, had been on life support following the March 26 shooting near Mexia, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. He died several days later at a Waco hospital.

Walker’s memorial service was held in his hometown of Groesbeck, where he previously served as a police officer, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

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“That young man was destined for greatness, just take a look around,” said the Rev. Jimmy Cotton, who helped officiate the service. “He knew where his faith lied and he knew where his home was.”

The man suspected of shooting Walker fled the traffic stop and then killed himself, authorities said.

Walker is survived by his wife and four children. He had worked in law enforcement since 2003 and had been with the Texas Department of Public Safety since 2015.