TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - A large crowd was on-site at South Columbus High School Sunday for the funeral for NC State Trooper Kevin Conner.
Conner was shot and killed earlier this week during a traffic stop along U.S. 701. Raheem Davis, 20, is charged with his murder.
Below is a video showing the arrival of NC State Trooper Kevin Conner’s body to a private ceremony being held in South Columbus County as well as a few pictures showing preparations for this afternoon’s funeral:
A visitation for Conner was scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by a funeral service. Both took place at the school, where a large gathering of local law enforcement officials were in attendance.
Additionally, law enforcement agencies from other states arrived to show support; including Alabama, California. Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, & Wyoming.
The funeral service was private, but media was invited to observe the event outside of the school for the beginning and end of the ceremony.
Bagpipes played as North Carolina troopers escorted the casket inside the auditorium. Thousands of law enforcement officers, friends, family and complete strangers alike spent hours waiting in line for a chance to pay their respects inside at the 3-hour-long visitation and funeral that followed inside.
After the funeral, Conner’s casket was draped in a State of NC flag and was brought back outside where a 21 gun salute and taps played followed by a SHP helicopter flyover.
Kevin’s elementary school teacher, Patricia Richardson, was in attendance and shared her memories of Conner.
“Trooper Conner, my student, was a loving and caring person, who was willing to share and give up himself, big smile a big smile but he always let you know he cared about you talked and smiled at the same time, he told me last time I talked to him if you need me call me and I believe that," said Richardson.
Conner was an 11-year veteran of the N.C. State Highway Patrol and was assigned to Troop B out of Columbus County. He leaves behind a wife , an 11-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.