- Associated Press - Friday, December 9, 2016

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - More than 150 mourners gathered at a southern New Jersey fire hall for a candlelight vigil held in memory of a state trooper killed in a car accident earlier this week.

The Thursday night vigil for Trooper Frankie Williams was organized by the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department and Maurice River Township.

Williams was often described as a “hero” at the proceedings and many spoke of his kindness.

The Egg Harbor Township man was responding to reports of an erratic driver on state Route 55 in Millville on Monday night when a motorist crossed the median and struck Williams’ vehicle head-on.

The 31-year-old died at Cooper University Hospital following the crash. The driver who struck Williams, 61-year-old Lloyd Rudley, also was killed.

The crash remains under investigation.

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