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North Idaho Officers, Residents Remember Slain Trooper

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -

20 years ago, the parking lot of the former Idaho State Police headquarters was a crime scene, now a memorial remembers fallen ISP Trooper Linda Huff.
Law enforcement from across Kootenai County and residents paid their respects Friday to honor Huff who was killed in the line of duty June 17th, 1998.
The memorial started with members from the Idaho State Police Honor Guard and troopers speaking about what Huff meant to police in Idaho and the community.

Troopers say she was more than just a police officer, she cared for her community in the short time she served north Idaho. After short speeches by troopers, those who knew Linda well layed roses at her memorial. ISP Colonel Kedrick Wills drove from Boise to be here to honor Trooper Huff.

"This is a very supportive community of law enforcement and emergency responders. That is the most gratifying to see because we are not out here by ourselves. There are tons and tons of community members that support what we're trying to do to keep Idaho safe," Colonel Wills said.

But before her time in Coeur d'Alene, she spent five years with the Payette County Sheriff's Office. It was the start of a new chapter in her life. She and her husband, Chad Huff, were sworn in together at the same time. But her life would end in the parking lot of the former ISP Headquarters in Coeur d'Alene.

Huff was ambushed in the parking lot by Scott Yager. Yager shot her 17 times, the last shot ended her life while she lay on her back. At the time, Kootenai County prosecutors sought the death penalty for Yager. Yager was found guilty of first degree murder and months later would be sentenced to life without parole.

The judge presiding over the case ruled the state did not prove the crime was committed with aggravating circumstances. A stark contrast from another trial that hit to the core of Coeur d'Alene.

Three years ago, Coeur d'Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore was shot and killed by Jonathan Renfro. In the fall of 2017, a Coeur d'Alene jury convicted Renfro for the murder of Moore. First District Judge Lansing Haynes found the aggravating circumstances Renfro committed the night he killed Sergeant Moore were enough to sentence Renfro to death.

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