Family of slain Illinois trooper: He had 'lasting impact'

This photo provided by the Illinois State Police shows Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. Hopkins an Illinois State Police trooper died from wounds suffered early Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis. (Illinois State Police via AP)
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WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) - The family of a slain Illinois state trooper has released a statement saying he had a "lasting impact on the lives of everyone who knew him."

Thirty-three-year-old Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was fatally shot Friday while serving a search warrant in East St. Louis.

The family's statement released Monday says his passion for life could be summed up in these words: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Hopkins' funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Waterloo High School in his southern Illinois hometown. Visitation will be held there 3-9 p.m. Saturday.

Forty-five-year-old Chris Grant has been charged with murder in Hopkins' death. Another man was charged Monday with armed violence and obstructing justice.