RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — 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.
On Friday night, a large crowd filled a section of the VCU Siegel Center for a vigil for the slain trooper, Chad Dermyer. A giant blue and black ribbon was displayed on the monitor before those attending.
“We pray for this family who is left without a husband and without a father,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones.
Jones, along others in attendance, showed their respect for Dermyer by dressing in blue. The vigil was organized by Richmond United for Law Enforcement and United Communities Against Crime.
“Sometimes, when that good man or that good woman, when they step up to the plate, to prevent evil from prevailing, it comes with a cost. Chad paid that price,” said Virginia State Police Major Lenmuel Terry.
Some at the vigil held blue and white flowers. Members of the law enforcement and firefighters communities were asked to stand to be recognized, their badges shrouded.
“We pray for our city in light of this senseless tragedy and this senseless murder that brings tears to our eyes, as we think of what should not have been. We thank God for a man who gave his life, so that we might be safe,” Jones said.
A memorial was set up outside of Virginia State Police Headquarters on Midlothian Turnpike. There, Dermyer’s patrol car sits with a black ribbon across the hood. Throughout the day, a steady stream of supporters dropped off flowers and notes.