All Eyes on Dallas: Honoring the fallen

Thousands of mourners are attending services Wednesday, July 13th for three of the five police officers killed last week by a gunman in Dallas.

The funeral services for police officers Michael Krol will be held Friday.

Friday, Deputy Wesley spoke on their experience by saying, "We are very thankful that Sheriff Reece gave us the opportunity to travel to Dallas and honor the fallen officers, their families, and the Dallas Police Department".

St. George Police Chief Marlon Stratton placed a message on the police department's Facebook page honoring those officers and others who were recently slain last week.

Protests against police violence continued on Wednesday.

"Lorne was passionate about police work", Officer Eddie Coffey said.

Harris County says the crew will be one of the dozens of honor guards attending the services for the Dallas officers who were gunned down last week.

A large red "X" was spray-painted on the torso of the statue of an officer carrying a child and "Justice for Alton" was written on the stones below, an apparent reference to 37-year-old Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

DART officer Brent Thompson was confirmed to be one of the fatalities in the Dallas police shootings in which 11 officers were shot during protests against police use of excessive force. He served as an Army ranger before becoming a Dallas officer.

Around 5,000 people gathered at the funeral of Ahrens held at the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, according to a Fox-affiliated local station. "Law enforcement officers have escalated peaceful situations", it added.

President Obama is expected to greet police officers at the White House on Wednesday, thus becoming the second event of its kind this week. There will be a balloon launch to honor the slain officers as well.

In addition to a private funeral on Wednesday, a public memorial is scheduled for Thursday at Watermark Church in Dallas.

As Thompson's funeral procession began the roughly 55-mile (89 km) journey back to his home of Corsicana, several police helicopters flew over the church as bagpipers played "Amazing Grace" and hundred of officers from different departments saluted his silver-colored casket.

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