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Fallen troopers to be taken to Fairbanks

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:01 PM May 3, 2014

A procession carrying fallen troopers from Anchorage to Fairbanks will be held this afternoon.

Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich were killed in the line of duty on Thursday.

Both men, according to state trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters, are from Fairbanks.

The procession is expected to start around 2 p.m. It will go from the State Medical Examiner’s Office to Signature Aviation.

Troopers say the Anchorage route will start on MLK Avenue, travel down Elmore to Tudor, turn onto Minnesota, proceed to International Airport Road and transition to Jewel Lake, where they will take the exit onto International Airport Road and end at Signature Aviation.

Once they arrive in Fairbanks they will be taken to the Fairbanks Funeral Home off University Avenue.

Troopers say a good location to watch the procession in Fairbanks will be anywhere along Airport Way between Pikes Landing and University Drive.

The suspect in the case, 20-year-old Nathanial Kangas is expected to be at Fairbanks court to be arraigned this afternoon.

Editor’s note: Troopers originally reported Nathanial Kangas was 19 years old. According to charging documents, he is 20. This story has been revised.

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