Memorial Honors Dallas Officers Killed July 7, 2016

Alan Scaia
July 06, 2018 - 10:38 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A memorial was held Friday morning for the five police officers killed July 7, 2016.

Four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer were killed while they worked during a march to protest police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

The gunman killed Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Patrick Zamarripa and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson.

The attack was the deadliest for law enforcement in the United States since September 11, 2001.

The memorial Friday included a prayer service, speech by Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall and moment of silence.

Hall says the officers left a legacy, and Dallas must honor that legacy by remembering the officers and their families. She says Dallas came together to show support after the attack.

"It's a reminder of the love, the togetherness, the partnerships we have with our elected officials, with our community, with officers, with everyone," Hall says.

The families of the officers killed released balloons into the air printed with, "You are loved. You are missed. You are remembered."

 "There's not a day that goes by I don't think about it," says Officer Ivan Gunther, who knew the officers who were killed and was working that night. "I might see something in passing that reminds me, and it'll give me pause. I admit, I cried a couple times."

On Saturday, a memorial is planned on the Dallas City Hall plaza. Organizers are planning a memorial and celebration of life for the officers who were killed.​