Late Missouri trooper eulogized as Christian, ethical

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DARDENNE PRAIRIE, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper killed last week in an on-duty crash is being remembered as a dedicated law enforcer guided by his spirituality.

Hundreds of mourners who attended Friday’s services for James Bava in the St. Louis suburb of Dardenne Prairie included Gov. Jay Nixon and dozens of fellow state troopers.

The patrol has said Bava died in the single-vehicle crash Aug. 28 after Bava observed a speeding motorcyclist in northeast Missouri’s Audrain County and gave chase.

Bava’s older brother, Joshua Bava of the O’Fallon police force, told mourners that his late sibling was his best friend and hero.

Nixon has ordered flags statewide to fly at half-staff on Friday. Flags already are being lowered at patrol sites.

Bava became a trooper in July 2013.