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story.lead_photo.caption Texas Department of Safety trooper honor guards carry the casket of DPS Trooper Chad Walker for his funeral Wednesday April 7, 2021, in Groesbeck, Texas. Trooper walker was killed in the line of duty last week. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

GROESBECK, Texas — 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.

"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.

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