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Funeral underway for NY trooper killed on highway

June 3, 2014
Associated Press

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral service is underway for a New York state trooper who was struck and killed while making a routine traffic stop on a four-lane highway.

The service for Christopher Skinner at First Baptist Church in Johnson City was briefly delayed as scores of mourners slowly made their way inside. Bagpipers played as Skinner's flag-draped casket was wheeled to the front of the sanctuary.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is attending, along with as many as 2,000 law enforcement officers.

State police say the 42-year-old Skinner was killed instantly when he was intentionally struck by a pickup truck around noon last Thursday as he cited a motorist for an infraction on Interstate 81 just north of Binghamton, New York.

The driver of the pickup, Almond Upton of Melrose, Florida, has been charged with first-degree murder.



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