OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State lawmakers on Wednesday spoke in tribute to slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu (rad-ihl-EHS'-kyoo).
Both the Senate and the House passed resolutions to honor Radulescu who was shot Feb. 23 near Gorst by a driver who later took his own life. Six people have been charged with rendering criminal assistance.
Before passing the resolutions, lawmakers from both parties spoke affectionately of the man they called "Trooper Tony." They talked about his immigrant experience, his dedication to his adopted nation and his warm smile and friendly nature.
Friends, family members and dozens of state troopers watched from the statehouse galleries in Olympia as the tributes were made.
Thousands are expected to attend a memorial service for Radulescu in Kent on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center.