Prayer vigils planned in honor of fallen Va. State Police trooper

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

37-year-old Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer 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.

Trooper Dermyer is the 62nd Virginia State Police Trooper to be killed in the line of duty during the Department’s 84-year history.

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.

(Photo: Virginia State Police)
(Photo: Virginia State Police)

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

There are two prayer vigils planned Friday in memory of Trooper Dermyer.

At 1:00 p.m., a number of pastors and preachers from all over the country convened at the Greyhound bus station on North Boulevard. These faith leaders had gathered for the 76th Annual International Congress of the Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.

“Once they heard about the shooting yesterday, they felt that there was something that must be done,” a news release about the event reads.

Some of the pastors and preachers attending include Bishop Melvin Williams Jr. of the Pastor of Temple of Judah Ministries. The news release says Bishop Williams is working on a facet of his ministry called God’s Army to pray and connect with people in neighborhoods hit hardest by gun violence and loss.

Pastor Mike McBride of San Francisco, California will also be at the 1 p.m. prayer vigil. Pastor McBride “has served on a number of local and national task forces with the White House and Department of Justice regarding gun violence prevention,” according to the news release.

The second vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. at VCU’s Siegel Center. Organizers ask that those that wish to attend wear blue and plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. VCU is waiving parking fees for those attending.

8News will have crews at both vigils. Stay with 8News for continuing coverage of this developing story.

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