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Fallen Tech Officer’s name to be added to national memorial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVR) -The Virginia Tech police officer gunned down on campus last December will be honored Thursday when his name is added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Deriek Crouse is just one of 362 names being added to the memorial this spring. Crouse was shot and killed by 22-year-old Radford University student Ross Ashley in a seemingly random attack on Dec. 8 2011. Crouse was involved in a routine traffic stop when he was attacked. Ashley later killed himself.

Ashley was not involved in the traffic stop. No link was ever found between Ashley and Crouse, and no motive for the attack was ever determined.

A formal dedication will take place next month. 19,660 officers are currently honored on the memorial.