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Christian trooper shot to death during traffic stop


Tennessee State Trooper Calvin Jenks, a member of the Culleoka, Tenn., church, “loved serving the public,” said his father, Norm Jenks. That love of service cost him his life on Saturday as Jenks, 24, was shot to death during a traffic stop near Memphis.
State officials said two people were arrested in Nashville on Sunday in connection with the slaying. Authorities believe Jenks was shot after asking whether the driver and passenger he had stopped were carrying drugs.
Paying tribute to the young trooper, officers across Tennessee wore black bands over their badges Sunday.
Jenks had been a trooper for two years, and married his wife, Sarah, in September 2006. He transferred from central to west Tennessee earlier that year, to be closer to her.
Two male suspects – one 19, the other 17 – are expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in Jenks’ slaying. Later Tuesday, a public visitation will be held for Jenks at the Graymere church in Columbia, Tenn. That visitation is set for 3-8 p.m.
Norm Jenks told the Jackson Sun that his son “was going to be missed a lot by all his family and friends.”
Funeral services have been set for Wednesday at 2 p.m., also at the Graymere church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family in care of the Culleoka church, P.O. Box 98, Culleoka, Tenn., 38451.

Filed under: National Staff Reports

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