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Second State Police funeral set for Wednesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Streets in downtown Charleston will be closed Wednesday as family members, friends and colleagues of State Police Trooper Eric Workman gather for his funeral at the Charleston Civic Center.

Workman and State Police Cpl. Marshall Bailey were shot and killed on the evening of Aug. 28 near the Wallback exit of Interstate 79. They were in their cruiser when they were shot in the back of the head by Luke Baber, 22, who was handcuffed but still managed to pull a concealed gun out of his pants.

Bailey, 42, died Tuesday evening. Workman, 26, spent three days in a coma and on life support at CAMC General Hospital before dying on Friday.

Baber also wounded a tow truck driver and a Roane County sheriff's deputy before he was killed by police. The deputy, John Westfall, was released from CAMC General over the weekend, hospital staff confirmed Tuesday.

Westfall was shot three times, once in the abdomen, but was wearing body armor. Roane County Sheriff Mike Harper has credited the vest with saving the deputy's life.

Bailey's funeral on Sunday afternoon at the Civic Center drew thousands of police from all across the country. Streets around the Civic Center were shut down before and after the event, and the same plan is largely in effect for Workman's funeral, set for 2 p.m.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Clendenin Street will be closed between Lee and Quarrier streets. Police officials expect traffic around the Civic Center -- specifically on Pennsylvania Avenue, Lee Street and Quarrier Streets -- to be very heavy after 1 p.m.

After the service, parts of Washington Street, Lee Street, Quarrier Street and Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed while the funeral procession heads toward Workman's burial site in Clay County. Interstate traffic will also be affected by the processional, which police expect to begin around 3:30 or 4 p.m.

Also, members of the West Virginia State Troopers Association have set up a fund to help the families of slain troopers Marshall Bailey and Eric Workman.

Bailey and Workman, of the Clay County State Police Detachment, responded to a reckless driving call Aug. 28 and were shot by Luke Baber, 22, of Oak Hill, after they had arrested Baber and put him in their cruiser. Bailey was killed at the scene and Workman died later of his injuries.

Troopers Association President Doug Gunnoe said Bailey left behind a spouse and three children. Workman left behind his parents, sister and nephew.

Donations may be made by visiting www.wvtroopers.org or mailed to the Troopers Association, 210 Chesapeake Ave., Charleston, WV 25311. For information, call 304-345-9884. Gunnoe said all donations will go directly to the families of the two troopers.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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