Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) today issued the following statement regarding the murder of Virginia State Police Trooper Lucas B. Dowell of Chilhowie:
“The killing of Trooper Dowell is a reminder of the very real dangers our State Police and law enforcement professionals face every day they protect and serve the people of Virginia. They and their families make unimaginable sacrifices to ensure our safety and to serve the Commonwealth.
“The murder of Trooper Dowell has hit especially close to home for Senate Republicans. Trooper Dowell’s family and the family of Senator Carrico are very close, and they are all understandably devastated by his loss in the line of duty. All in our caucus are heartbroken.
“We can never repay these brave men and women, or their families, for what they do for all of us. The family of Trooper Dowell will be in our prayers as we share in their profound and heartbroken grief.”