Nearly a week after five officers were killed by a gunman in Dallas, memorial services for three of them drew thousands of mourners yesterday.
Services were held for Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson, Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith and Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens — all three slain in downtown Dallas last week by a sniper during a march to protest recent fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana by police. The two other services are scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday.
The service for Thompson, 43, drew hundreds of law enforcement officers in crisp formal uniforms to The Potter’s House, the Dallas megachurch headed by celebrity Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Thompson’s wife Emily, a fellow DART officer whom he had recently married, called the shooter, Micah Johnson, a coward. ‘You know your hate made us stronger,’ she told the audience.
‘His only goal in life was to provide a better life for his children. He worked so hard to provide for us,’ one daughter said, according to ABC News.
‘We just want him to know that we love him and that he succeeded.’