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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."

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Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins, 33, was shot executing a search warrant in East St. Louis early Friday, leading to a standoff at a house in a residential neighborhood.

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."

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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 from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Forty-five-year-old Chris Grant has been charged with murder in Hopkins' death. Another man, Al Stewart Jr., 19, was charged Monday with armed violence and obstructing justice.

— Associated Press

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