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Hundreds mourn slain correctional officer at funeral

A hearse waits outside Edenton United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 4 during the funeral service of Sgt. Meggan Callahan. (Nicole Griffin/NewsChannel 12)

EDENTON, Chowan County - Hundreds of people showed up to Edenton United Methodist Church on Thursday to mourn the loss of Bertie County Correctional Institution Sgt. Meggan Callahan.

"I am so proud of North Carolina, they did this girl up in style," said Sissy Dupraw, a friend of Callahan's. "I wish Meggan could be here to se it she would be so proud today. She was a very good corrections officer from what I've been told, a very good person."

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Gov. Roy Cooper attended the service, and friends of Callahan's spoke with NewsChannel 12 about her life and the impact she had on others, describing her as friendly and outgoing.

Callahan, authorities say, was responding to a trash can fire when inmate Craig Wissink allegedly overpowered her and attacked her with the fire extinguisher she was carrying. Callahan died as a result of her injuries.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to handle the inquiry into Callahan's death. Wissink has already been charged with first-degree murder in her killing.

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