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Funeral held for Virginia trooper killed in Charlottesville copter crash

Funeral held for Virginia trooper killed in Charlottesville copter crash

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday for the funeral of a Virginia state trooper who died in the fatal crash of a helicopter that had been monitoring a violent, white nationalist protest in Charlottesville.

Family, friends, political leaders and police officers from around the country honored Lt. Jay Cullen at Southside Church of the Nazarene near Richmond.

Cullen, who was head of the state police’s aviation unit, was remembered as a safety-conscious perfectionist who loved being a trooper and flying.

“I think he loved it every single day he was there,” said Will Payne, a longtime friend.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called Cullen, who frequently piloted the...

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