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Clay County community says goodbye to Trooper Eric Workman

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Those who couldn't make it to Charleston for Trooper Eric Workman's funeral paid their respects in a different way.

Workman and Corporal Marshall Bailey were shot by a man on August 28. Their deaths have devastated people from across the country.

People from across the region stopped at a makeshift memorial set up off of the Wallback exit.

People laid flowers down flowers and left messages of gratitude for the two men being hailed heroes.

Both Pinch and Belle Volunteer Fire Departments also stopped by the memorial on their way to Clay County, where they set up their fire trucks to welcome him home.

The funeral procession got off the Big Otter exit, where American flags and yellow, blue, and black balloons lined the streets.

"He was a wonderful guy and we want to show every bit of respect that we can for him," said Jason Belt, family friend.

"He was just nice and a great person overall. He would make you laugh and smile," said Makaylia Lambey.

After the hearse made its way through town, the crowd released the balloons into the air.

Friends said both Workman and Bailey will be deeply missed.

"Anyone who knew them and had any encounters with them, knew what they stood for, and it's just a terrible loss we've suffered here in this county," Belt said.

"If it wasn't for them going out there every night, you and I couldn't sleep. It's getting so that it's hard to do that anyway. I want to thank them all. I love them all as a brother," said resident Jimmy Legg.

Brittany Woods said she did not know Workman but is close to the Bailey family. She said she wanted to support both men on Wednesday.

"They are gone, but they will never be forgotten," she said.

Workman's remains were buried at the Workman family cemetery in Clay County.

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