Flags flying at half-staff at state highway patrol facilities around the state — because a trooper was killed in the line of duty.
Trooper James Bava was killed Friday morning — about an hour and a half from Kirksville on route FF near Mexico. Bava radioed at 8:30 that he was going to pursue a motorcycle rider who committed a traffic violation — but after a few minutes Bava could not be raised on the radio. A few minutes later — a call came in that a trooper had been in a wreck. Bava was killed. He was just 25 years old. He joined the patrol just two years ago. Trooper Bava survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother, and a half-sister. Gov. Nixon will order flags statewide to fly at half-staff on the day of the Trooper’s funeral.