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May 23, 2014 7:18 PM

Taylor County Officer Killed In 1988 Honored By Family, Fellow Officers

It has been 26 years since a state trooper was gunned down during a traffic stop in Laurel County.

Family and fellow officers gathered Friday to remember Johnny Edrington in his hometown of Campbellsville.

"We're here to just remember him and his sacrifice and his willingness to serve his community and his state and to remember what that means to all of us and how quickly things can change for us," Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory said.

Edrington was gunned down Dec. 21, 1988. The shooter has never been found.

"He was looking forward to the birth of his child, Callie," Gregory said. "He never had the opportunity to see her. So this is an opportunity for her, when she comes to visit, to learn about her dad and to hear those same stories and to see that he impacted people."

While they came together to honor his life, they hope this will keep a light on the case.

"Not only are family members and co-workers passing away but maybe witnesses," Gregory said. "We're reaching out to those people today."

All of them hoping time won't be what stops this case from being solved and that somebody who remembers something from that night will speak up.


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