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Up to 1,000 expected at trooper’s funeral

Up to 1,000 people are expected at today’s funeral for Virginia State Police Trooper Adam Bowen. No doubt, there were will troopers from across Virginia there, as well as representatives from other law-enforcement agencies in the region and even the Mid-Atlantic Coast area.

Gov. Bob McDonnell also is expected to attend.

Bowen, 28, died Friday night as he was responding to another trooper’s call for help. He was traveling westbound on State Route 3 in King George County. When he entered the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive, he hit an eastbound vehicle. His cruiser ricocheted into a traffic-light pole and was cut in half. The front portion of the car went into the parking lot of First Lady’s Centre, the second half was wrapped around the pole.

Bowen died on the scene. State police haven’t released any details about the accident.

Bowen and his fiancee, Rachel Michie, were supposed to get married on July 9 and live in the home Bowen had built in December. His  home is on family land in Montross. His grandfather’s home is on one side, his father’s on the other.

The family will receive visitors this morning from 10 a.m. to noon, but media aren’t allowed. The funeral begins at 1 p.m. at Washington and Lee High School.

There’s bound to be an incredible outpouring from both the law-enforcement and Northern Neck community. The Bowen family is well-known in the Montross area, said Malcolm Lewis, the athletic director at W&L who taught the trooper art in middle school.

 “Even people who didn’t know him know somebody in the family,” Lewis said. “Things like this, they tend to grip the whole community.”

Look for more postings as the funeral progresses.