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Fundraisers net more than $9,000 for families of troopers

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fundraisers last month netted more than $9,000 for the families of two West Virginia State Police troopers who were killed in the line of duty.

Trooper Eric Workman and Cpl. Marshall Bailey were shot in August during what they initially thought was a routine traffic stop at the Wallback park and ride near the Clay-Roane county line.

The troopers were shot by Luke Baber, 22, of Oak Hill, who pulled a hidden pistol out of his pants and shot the troopers in the back of the head after they put him into their patrol car. Baber was killed in a shootout with State Police and local sheriff's deputies.

Bailey died at the scene. Workman died a few days later at CAMC General Hospital in Charleston.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said fundraisers were held at several Papa John's pizza restaurants around the state Dec. 18, with the stores donating part of their proceeds to the families of Workman and Bailey. Baylous said $4,700 was raised for each family.

Baylous thanked Papa John's franchise owner Praveen Srinivasan for his help with the fundraisers.


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