Memorial service for 2 officers killed in Bridgewater College shooting

A memorial service is being held Wednesday morning for the two officers shot and killed during a confrontation with a former Bridgewater College student in Virginia.

The service for Campus Police Officer John E. Painter and Campus Safety Officer Vashon “J.J.” A. Jefferson is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. in Harrisonburg.

The school said the memorial is open to the public at the Atlantic Union Bank Center (AUBC) in the campus of James Madison University at 645 University Boulevard.

A memorial fund has also been set up. Donations can be made online and members of the campus police department will be consulted in deciding how way the money will be used.

A livestream of the service will be available below.

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William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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