Honor guard watches over body of slain Trooper leading up to funeral service
The honor guard remains outside the Reed & Benoit Funeral home in Watertown signaling the body of Trooper Joel Davis is still inside the funeral home.
The State Trooper was killed Sunday night while responding to a domestic call. According to State Police, the trooper was shot while approaching a home in the Town of Theresa in Jefferson County. The trooper was rushed to the hospital where he later died. They say the suspect, U.S. Army soldier, Justin Walters, 32, now faces charges of murder in the first and second degree. Davis was one of two victims that night. Police say a woman, who they have identified as Nichole Walters, 27, the wife of the soldier, was also killed.
Friends and fellow members of law enforcement will gather Friday for calling hours at Fort Drum to honor and remember the late trooper. This is just the start of what will be a hard weekend as he is taken to his final resting place.
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But while so many will be coming to say their final goodbyes and see Trooper Davis' family, the religious leaders running his service are preparing to talk to dozens of people who are in search of answers after what happened. The chaplain at Sacred Heart Church says he hopes to provide some comfort in a time of so much grief.
"There are questions that we don't have the answers to and I think being honest and acknowledging that. That we don't have necessarily all the answers, but as a person of faith, as a member of the local clergy and also someone who has a close relationship with the law enforcement community as well as the broader community, to offer words of hopefulness," said Father Shane Lynch.
He is one of three presiding over the calling hours and funeral service.
Until the trooper's body is moved to Fort Drum the honor guard will be keeping watch and guarding Trooper Davis.