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Funeral scheduled for NY trooper killed on highway

June 2, 2014
Associated Press

PORT DICKINSON, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds have gathered at a church to pay final respects to a New York state trooper who was struck and killed by a pickup truck.

A long line of mourners who came Monday to honor Christopher Skinner stretched down the street from Community Baptist Church in Port Dickinson. The 42-year-old Skinner was killed during a routine traffic stop last Thursday on Interstate 81 near Binghamton along New York's Southern Tier.

Sixty-year-old Almond Upton, of Melrose, Florida, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Skinner's death. Upton has admitted deliberately swerving to hit Skinner, a 13-year veteran of the state police.

Skinner served in Troops C, E and G. He's survived by his mother, brother, fiancee Surrena Gould, and two children.

Funeral services are Tuesday in Johnson City.

 
 

 

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