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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina flags will fly at half-staff at the capitol to honor State Capitol Police Chief W. Scott Hunter, who died last week at the age of 49.

Gov. Beverly Perdue has ordered that the flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday to honor Hunter, who died Friday after a long illness. Others wishing to lower the state flag as a sign of respect may do so.

Hunter became State Capitol police chief in 2003 and stayed on the job until recently.

The funeral will be held at noon Wednesday at Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh. Hunter will be buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Columbia, S.C.

Hunter grew up in Laurens, S.C. He’s survived by his wife and three children.

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