A New York State trooper killed in the line of duty was remembered at his funeral Sunday for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others.

A New York State trooper killed in the line of duty was remembered at his funeral Sunday for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others.

Trooper Nicholas Clark's life "was taken because he did what we asked him to do," said State Police Superintendent George Beach, speaking to a crowd at an arena at Alfred University that included Gov. Andrew Cuomo and numerous troopers and other law enforcement officers.

"He went into harm's way to protect the innocent, and despite the grave risk that he faced, he performed his duty to help others," Beach said. "That is a true hero."

Clark's flag-draped casket was on the stage, surrounded by flower arrangements and enlarged photographs of the 29-year-old.

Staff Inspector Rick Allen said, "as troop commander your main concern is every one of your guys comes home and when one of them doesn't come home its a big whole a big loss for us Nick was a great guy."

Before the shield, Clark was an amazing athlete, involved in wrestling and football. He was described as a winner both on and off the field by fellow players.

Marc Mangovski played football with Clark, he would explain his reaction, "just devastating news really shook the whole community the whole Alfred community."

He died on July 2 while responding to a domestic call in the town of Erwin, Steuben County. Investigators said 43-year-old Steven Kiley fatally shot Clark. Kiley, the principal of the Bradford Central School District, also died from a gunshot wound.