Prayer vigil planned for Va. trooper killed at bus station

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — There’s been an outpouring of support from the community after a Virginia State Police trooper was shot and killed at a Richmond bus station on Thursday.

Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer, 37, had just recently transferred to the state police Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit. Prior to joining the state police, Trooper Dermyer served with the City of Newport News Police Department and the Jackson, Mich., Police Department. Dermyer also served our nation for four years with the U.S. Marine Corps.

A memorial has already been set up outside of Virginia State Police Headquarters on Midlothian Turnpike. There, a police patrol car sits with a black ribbon across the hood.

Police departments in the area and across the nation have reached out to show support.

A prayer vigil is planned tonight in honor of Trooper Dermyer. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. just across the street from the Greyhound bus station. Organizers ask that those that wish to attend to wear blue.

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