Law enforcement officers stand guard at the driveway entrance to the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

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Special Mass Scheduled For Slain Officer

April 25, 2018 - 5:24 pm

DALLAS (AP) — A Spanish Mass at the Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Dallas will honor a Dallas police officer killed in a shooting at a home improvement store.

A statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas says Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander will be honored at the Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral-Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The statement says a photo of the officer will be surrounded by candles "to represent the light the fallen officer brought to the community through his service."

The cathedral bells would toll 27 times to mark each year of the slain officer's life. Prayers also were to be offered for Officer Crystal Almeida and store employee Scott Painter, who also were shot in the Tuesday afternoon incident at a Home Depot store. Police Chief U. Renee Hall said Almeida and Painter are both in critical condition but are recovering.