RADCLIFF, KY (CNN) – Several people gathered Wednesday night at North Hardin High School in Racliff, Kentucky to remember a fallen State Trooper.
Family and friends came together for a candlelight vigil at the high school where Joseph Cameron Ponder graduated in 2002.
Ponder was fatally shot after a traffic stop and chase late Sunday night.
The suspect, Joseph Johnson Shanks, was fatally shot by police after he pointed a gun at officers.
Ponder was 31 years old, and engaged to be married.
In January, he joined the State Police.
His stepfather said he was adamant about becoming a State Trooper after his time in the Navy.
Ponder’s funeral takes place tomorrow morning.
He will be buried with military honors at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.