Ross Truett Ashley – After the deadly shooting of a police officer near Virginia Tech on Thursday the family of the alleged gunmen, Ross Truett Ashley, has issued an apology.
In the statement the family asked that they also have their privacy to mourn the tragedy. The gunman also committed suicide after the shooting.
“The Ashley family would like to offer their condolences to the family of Officer Crouse,” they said in a statement to The Associated Press. “Officer Crouse and his family are in their prayers.”
Investigators still don’t know why Ashley, a part-time student at nearby Radford University, allegedly walked up to Crouse, whom he did not know, and shot him point blank while the officer was writing someone a ticket during a routine traffic stop.
Ashley fled the scene then committed suicide minutes later.
Officer Crouse was 39 years-old family man with 5 children. Students at the school have started a program called “Hokies for Crouse” to raise money for his family and collect gifts and gift cards for his children, the News Leader newspaper reported.
“It’s hard to find the words, but I think we are really showing the world that we are Hokie Nation and that we come together, especially in times of need,” senior Bethany Darnley, 22, told the newspaper.
“They deserve a Christmas miracle more than anyone.”