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Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey was a man who "lived life honorably, courageously and sacrificially."

Jason McClanahan, lead pastor of Randolph Street Baptist Church in Charleston, delivered the eulogy celebrating the life of his longtime friend Bailey, who died as the result of a gunshot would sustained in the line of duty at a traffic stop off Interstate 79 the evening of Aug. 25.

A second trooper, Eric Michael Workman, was injured in the shooting and later died as the result of his injuries.

Col. C.R. Smithers, superintendent of the West Virginia State Police, said this has been one of the hardest weeks of his life. He praised the West Virginia State Police for coming together and supporting Bailey's family. He said those survived by Bailey may never make sense of the tragedy, but they will face the future together. Now is the time, Smithers said, to rely on God.

"If you believe as I believe, and I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then my friends we are not lost," Smithers said. "We know exactly where we are going following our departure from this earth."

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also spoke at the service, saying he was grateful for Bailey and other law enforcement officials who put their lives on the line daily to protect the residents of West Virginia.

"Corporal Bailey was a genuine person—a real hero," Tomblin said. "He spent 17 years putting his life on the line for you, for me and every other citizen of West Virginia."

Bailey's brother, Justin, spoke on behalf of the family. He said his brother was initially disappointed to go to Clay County, where he was assigned after leaving the West Virginia State Police Academy, because he wanted to stay close to his hometown of Poca.

"He loved Clay County," Justin Bailey said. "He loved the people there."

Bailey loved to hunt and fish. He was a die-hard fan of the West Virginia University Mountaineers, Poca Dots and Clay Panthers. He is survived by his parents, brother, wife and three children.

Justin Bailey, a doctor, said he and his brother both entered service professions because their parents raised them to put others before themselves. However that service to the community meant different things to the brothers. Marshall Bailey always wanted to be a police officer, Justin said.

"When I go to work, I know someone's not going to try to take my life," Justin said. "Marshall didn't have that luxury. But he knew that. And he even embraced it because he loved being a state trooper."

"I wish I could be more like him."

Each speaker implored the family to be proud of Bailey for his hard work and his sacrifice.

"Keep his memory close to your heart and be very, very proud because your dad was a hero," Tomblin said. "He gave his life for all of us and we won't ever forget it."

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