Fallen Va. police officer was a Christopher Newport University graduate


WINCHESTER, Va. (WAVY) — A police officer and Christopher Newport University alumnus killed in a crash while on duty in Winchester, Virginia, was laid to rest on Friday. 

A memorial service with full law enforcement honors was held for Hunter Edwards, 30, at Winchester Church of God. 

Edwards was involved in a single vehicle crash on Nov. 24 around 10:50 p.m. on West Jubal Drive in Winchester. He later died from his injuries at Winchester Medical Center.  

Edwards served the Winchester Police Department for four years, and was assigned to the Patrol Division. He was very active in many aspects of the police department, serving as a member of the SWAT team, a field training officer and also as a member of the Civil Disturbance Unit. 

Edwards graduated from Robinson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Christopher Newport University in 2012. 

Back on Nov. 25, Winchester Police Chief John Piper addressed fellow officers at the Winchester Medical Center, where many had gathered to pay their respects for their beloved colleague. “This is going to be a very difficult time for Hunter’s family and for each of us. Take care of yourselves; take care of each other.”

Edwards is survived by many family members, including his wife, Tara Edwards, and his stepson.

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