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Published: Sun, July 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Honoring the Fallen: Sgt. Michael Smith

Honoring the Fallen: Sgt. Michael Smith

Police officers from across Texas and the US joined the family and friends of Dallas police officer Lorne Ahrens on Wednesday to celebrate his life and lay him to rest.

- A public funeral service will be held Thursday for Dallas Police Department's Sgt. Michael Smith, who was among the five officers killed during an ambush in downtown Dallas.

A gun salute honored Dallas Rapid Transit Police Officer Brent Thompson.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers in formal uniforms gathered Wednesday at The Potter's House, a Dallas megachurch headed by celebrity Bishop T.D. Jakes. Lorne Ahrens got caught in a storm Thursday night that no one could have predicted or expected.

Funeral services for Dallas police Officer Michael Krol are scheduled for Friday.

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. "When something happens in Dallas, we feel it here in Boston".

He said the officers were killed while "upholding the constitutional rights of this country".

His wife and daughters' final goodbyes came as the crowd broke: a quiet prayer with their heads bowed over Sgt. Michael Smith's casket.

Rodriguez said of his murdered friend, "He wanted to be a hero to everyone and help them in any way [he] could". A wake for the fifth victim, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, is Friday with a funeral on Saturday.

Obama, on Tuesday, led the memorial service to pay tribute to the five police officers with a speech stressing that Americans "are not as divided as we seem" and that the police deserves "respect".

Former first lady Laura Bush, former U.S. President George W. Bush, first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama join in singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" during an interfaith memorial service, honoring five slain police officers, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

"With Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Brown among the mourners, two officers remembered Ahrens, a 48-year-old father of two, for his bravery, friendship and deep dedication".

Siouxland was represented by two Sioux City officers, as well as a pair of Woodbury County deputies, and one representing Plymouth County.

The march was held to protest shootings by police last week that killed two black men, one in Baton Rouge and the other in a St. Paul, Minn., suburb.

This is especially worrying, Chimurenga said, as racialized police violence escalates, and there is at least a possibility that officers will try "to carry out their white supremacist agendas with impunity".

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