Gov. Northam attends slain VSP trooper’s funeral


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, and his wife Pam, seated, listen to Ereica Dowell, right, sister of fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell during the funeral at the Chilhowie Christian Church in Chilhowie, Va., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Dowell was killed in the line of duty earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

(AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam has made his first official public appearance since he denied appearing in a racist yearbook photo and admitted to wearing blackface.

Northam was in attendance at Saturday’s funeral for a state trooper killed in a shootout. Northam was not listed as a speaker in the funeral program.

WATCH LIVE: Funeral service for slain VSP trooper Lucas B. Dowell 

The service in the town of Chilhowie for Lucas B. Dowell was four hours west of the political tumult in Richmond.

Northam has ignored calls to resign for the past week after a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook. He also admitted to wearing blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is facing calls to resign after two women accused him of sexual assault. He has vehemently denied the allegations.

Attorney General Mark Herring also faces heavy criticism after he admitted to wearing blackface in college.

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