The letter, displayed along with flowers and American flags at the scene of the murders, says, "All the memories you have with your best friend, those are the memories you don't want to forget."Sam Eichenwald for NewsweekSenior Corporal Jaime Castro chokes up while speaking about his friendship with Lorne Ahrens, one of the Dallas sniper's victims". Thompson was a newlywed, and would receive a separate funeral later on Wednesday.
A few hundred mourners gathered at a Catholic church north of Dallas for a private funeral for Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith.
Tyler police officers were among thousands who attended funerals Wednesday for Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson and Dallas PD Sr.
The officers slain in Dallas last week were patrolling a demonstration decrying the killings by police of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, 32, outside St. Paul, Minnesota. The shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, said he was "upset about the recent police shootings" of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and wanted to kill white people, especially white cops. Officers in the police department wore their dark blue uniforms. "That's what we saw last Thursday night in Dallas, someone who chose hate".
Police officers arrive at the funeral for slain Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith at The Watermark Church on July 14, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Smith was credited with the "Cops' Cop" award.
A honor guard carried his casket outside of the church and hundreds of officers saluted him. They spoke of how hard their father worked, often at two jobs, to support them. Thompson was a Marine and served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thompson was remembered by Pastor Rick Lamb as a fearless public servant. These meetings have the objective of finding solutions and to share proactive points of view to tackle the ongoing issue of civilian distrust and create stronger bonds among American communities.