Hundreds remember trooper killed in wreck
Posted September 13, 2008 5:50 p.m. EDT
Updated September 14, 2008 7:02 a.m. EDT
Cary, N.C. — Hundreds gathered Saturday to remember State Trooper Andrew “AJ” Stocks, who died in a wreck in Wake County earlier this week.
At a funeral held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, family and friends remembered Stocks as a father and a hero.
Stocks, 43, died in a collision with a garbage truck on Ten-Ten Road in Garner Tuesday afternoon. Investigators said Stocks lost control of his cruiser while responding to another wreck.
Stocks graduated from Cary High School in 1983, served as a Marine in Afghanistan and completed an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq with the Army Reserves. He joined the Highway Patrol in 2004.
A state Highway Patrol Honor Guard carried Stocks' casket, and he was honored with a 21-gun salute.
Friends remembered Stocks as a fun-loving, outgoing and sincere man, who lived to serve his country and family. State troopers said they had lost "a brother."
Stocks is survived by his wife, Liane, and a stepdaughter – who friends say he referred to as his daughter. He was the 60th state trooper to die in the line of duty.
Stocks will be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 1.
A memorial fund for Stocks' family has been established at the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union. Donations can be mailed to NCSECU, Attn: Sherri Cannady, P.O. Box 450, Garner, NC 27529.