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Interstate stretch to be named after slain state trooper

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -  A stretch of Interstate 85 will soon be named after the Virginia State Master Trooper who died there.

The Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to rename the 13.5 mile stretch of I-85 between the Carson Road (Rt. 703) interchange to the Brunswick County line as “Master Trooper Junius A. Walker Memorial Highway.”

Master Trooper Walker lived in Brunswick and graduated from James Solomon Russell High School in 1967. He joined the Virginia State Police in 1973. He was assigned to patrol Dinwiddie in 1984.

On March 7, the 63-year-old master trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty. Walker had stopped to help a driver pulled over on Interstate 85.

The driver, Russell Brown, is accused of killing Walker. A judge ordered Brown undergo a mental evaluation.

In approving the name change, Dinwiddie County agreed to pay for the new highway signs that will bear Master Trooper Walker's name.