SARASOTA, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was shot and killed on Wednesday in Martin County will be escorted to Sarasota on Friday.

The body of Joseph Bullock will be escorted to Sarasota from St. Lucie County, passing through Okeechobee sometime between 9- 10:30 a.m.

Bullock, a 19-year veteran, was assisting a disabled car on I-95 in Martin County, according to the FHP. The person who needed help with the car ended up shooting the trooper, the agency said.

Bullock was 42 years old and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

A Rivera Beach police officer came across the scene and the accused shooter. The officer shot and killed him.

The New York Yankees sent the FHP a note and a wreath to honor Bullock.

And his family issued a statement to those who have shown support:

"It is with great sadness and a sense of loss that we continue to work through the grieving process and the loss of our son and brother Trooper Joe Bullock.

"We are deeply touched by the outpouring of sympathy from friends, family and even people who never knew him from around the country.

"A special thanks to the FHP family that continues to guide us with care during this time."

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