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Citizen Post About Murdered State Trooper Goes Viral

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Citizen Post About Murdered State Trooper Goes Viral

Citizen Post About Murdered State Trooper Goes Viral

Ms. Cynthia Stanley posted this:

A recent tragedy motivated me to reopen this account. A little over a few years ago I came across a state trooper who helped me while on the side of the highway. He helped me by taking me to the gas station. During this event, he smiled the entire time and talked about his newborn twins and being a doting husband. He was excited about seeing his babies grow and being a husband to his wife. He shared some endearing moments and I never forgot him. I did the unpopular thing at the time and posted a picture that I took with him thanking him for his kindness.

Over the weekend while working in the ER one of my peers was reading out loud an article about a state trooper that had been shot and killed while serving a warrant in Washington Park. My heart about sunk and my first thought was please don’t let it be him. Please don’t let it be him. It was him. Tears filled up in my eyes as I continued to read the rest of the article. His twins are now 4 years old and he and his wife had a new baby.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children as well as with the rest of the family. This is beyond my understanding. He was one of the good ones just making a living like the rest of us and building a legacy for his family. His kindness will forever live within my heart and I thank him.

Rest in peace #NicholasHopkins.

These pictures were taken on August 5, 2015.

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Details of Trooper Nick Hopkins’ murder:

Nick Hopkins trooper with the Illinois State Police SWAT team was shot and killed in the line of duty early Friday morning in East St. Louis while serving a warrant. 33-year-old Trooper Nick Hopkins died from his injuries Friday afternoon at St. Louis University Hospital at 6:10 p.m. Hopkins was serving a warrant at a home near Caseyville Avenue and North 42nd Street shortly before 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Brendan Kelly, Director of the ISP, said the death is the first of an Illinois State Police SWAT team member in 20 years. “It is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that we inform you of the death of Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. Trooper Hopkins laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state,” Kelly announced during a press conference. Trooper Hopkins was a 10-year veteran of the Illinois State Police.

“Nick Hopkins was a bright light in this world,” said ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly. Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith says Hopkins was married and the father of four-year-old twins and an infant daughter. Mayor Smith says his town is heartbroken. “He always had a smile, he loved it, his dad said Nick was so happy when he made the tactical response team and he just loved it, so he’s happy to be a trooper,” said Mayor Smith.

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