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Fallen Trooper to be honored with memorial run in downtown Whiteville Oct. 19

Community members have a chance to honor fallen Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner and raise money for a scholarship in his memory during a run Oct. 19 in downtown Whiteville.

The race marks one year since he was killed in the line of duty. Conner was fatally shot while conducting a traffic stop near Sellers Town on Oct. 17, 2018.

Anna Gore of Whiteville says that although she didn’t know Conner or his family personally, she decided to approach his wife, Miranda, with the idea. “My husband and I wanted to pay tribute to the sacrifices he made and the sacrifices of all law enforcement,” Gore stated.

A 5K and !-Mile Fun Run in memory of Trooper Kevin Conner is Oct. 19 in downtown Whiteville. Proceeds will fund a scholarship in his memory.

A 5K and !-Mile Fun Run in memory of Trooper Kevin Conner is Oct. 19 in downtown Whiteville. Proceeds will fund a scholarship in his memory.

The idea for the race combined Conner’s love of running and his family’s desire to honor the late trooper’s memory. “Miranda had been wanting to do some sort of tribute to Kevin like this for a while,” said Master Trooper Richard Capps. “I was approached to see if the patrol wanted to get involved and of course we did.”

Remembered by those closest to him as someone with a deep love for the community he served, Conner was a “wonderful person” and “great patrolman,” said Capps. “Everything that’s been said about him is true. Kevin was a people person, he never met a stranger,” said Capps. “He touched a lot of people’s lives here, and unfortunately we didn’t realize how many until he passed.”

The goal is to have 500 participants register for the race. As of now, over 250 people have joined. Gore hopes that with the support of the community this can become an annual event.

Vintage and late model patrol cars will be on display. Race merchandise will also be available for purchase. Booths sponsored by local business vendors will be on hand as well.

Participants will meet at First Citizens Bank at 422 S. Madison St. and can compete in either a 5k or 1 mile run. The 5k will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 1-mile run will begin at 8:35 a.m. Proceeds from the race will go toward a scholarship fund in Conner’s memory.

To register or to learn more about this event, visit https://its-go-time.com/ trooper-kevin-conner-memorial-run/.

Stuart Rogers