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Rocky Mount trooper laid to rest Wednesday

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By Justin Quesinberry

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was laid to rest Wednesday after he was killed in the line of duty.

Hundreds of family members, friends and colleagues attended B. Gene DeMuth’s funeral, which was held at Englewood Baptist Church, burial is set to follow at Red Oaks Cemetery. Demuth died on Saturday in Nash County as he tried to end a high-speed chase.

Colleagues say their loss is tough for the small community.

“They’re devastated by this. In Nash County it’s a small group of troopers that work here. And these guys rely on each other on a day to day basis, late at nights, they are basically protecting each other. So they are impacted strongly because of this,” said First Sergeant Jeff Gordon, spokesman for the Highway Patrol.

Rozenna Brinkley lives in Rocky Mount and came to watch the funeral from across the street.

“It’s painful and the reason I say that is because I have a son-in-law that’s in law enforcement. So, every time you see this or hear this, you really think it could have been your family. It’s really, really hard, and I know it’s hard, but it’s beautiful to see the support that he has this morning,” said Brinkley.

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