FAYETTEVILLE — Two lives lost, a community in shock.
Highway Patrolman Ed Lowry, and Cumberland County Deputy David Hathcock were shot to death Tuesday. The visitation for Trooper Lowry took place Thursday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center where the outpouring of grief was huge.
It's a time of pain and mourning for the wife and family of state trooper Ed Lowry. But, they are not alone in their sorrow. There was an outpouring of support from the community, state, even the country. Hundreds of people were in line minutes after the visitation began.
Trooper J.D. King, NC Highway Patrol, said he lost a great friend.
There was also a visitation for Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputy David Hathcock. At his family's request, WRAL did not stop by, butRick Gallspoke with a colleague of Hathcock's who said the deputy was a family man.
On Friday, the funeral procession for Lowry will travel on Highway 301, down Owen Drive, and on to Raeford Road. The highway patrolman will be laid to rest at the Cumberland Memorial Cemetery.
The procession for Deputy Hathcock will head south on Highway 301, then exiting onto Highway 59, which becomes South Main Street in Hope Mills. The officer will be buried in the Gilmont Cemetery.
Nine schools in the Hope Mills area will send students home early. They are Southview High, Southview Middle, Hope Mills Middle, Rockfish, C. Wayne Collier, Honeycutt, Cashwell, Baldwin and Gray's Creek elementary schools.
Sara Piland, Cumberland County Schools, said students are getting out early to cooperate with officials.
Both funeral services will be held at the Cumberland County Civic Center Friday. The service for Trooper Lowry will began at 11 a.m. The one for Deputy Hathcock will start at 2 p.m. Hundreds of people are expected to attend both ceremonies.