Thousands gather to mourn, honor 3 slain officers in Dallas

"We are here to lift up this good man", Graham said, "to express our love and appreciation for him, and to say thank you as a hero of our nation and our city".

TV Judge Glenda Hatchett, right, speaks as Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, listens during a news conference on the State Capitol grounds Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn.

Thompson was laid to rest later Wednesday in Corsicana, south of Dallas. "Please keep all police, in Dallas and across America, in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the consequences of that terrible night, " his family said.

During the funeral service at the cavernous Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, fellow officer Debbie Taylor described Ahrens, 48, as a "gentle giant" who "strived to be the best, most knowledgeable officer".

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"We've got a long blue line that will never be broken", said Sgt. Marco Hinojos, a McLennan County officer. Sterling was killed after officers responded to a call that he had threatened someone with a gun.

"We learned a lot about the shocking emotions that police have going to work every day, and they felt our pain of having to tell our children to be careful of policemen", Sharpton said.

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Those without an invitation to the interfaith memorial service gathered at locations throughout Dallas in a show of solidarity. "It makes us proud to do what we do, it makes us proud to be police officers".

In the image, Smith's 10-year-old daughter Caroline gives Lyncoln, Zamarripa's 2-year-old daughter, a bracelet she made.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers in formal uniforms were also present at the memorial service of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson on Wednesday morning at a Dallas megachurch headed by celebrity Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Boston police and Massachusetts State Police are not formally sending representatives to Dallas, but officials at both agencies said they expected dozens of officers and troopers to travel on their own time and at their own expense to attend the services.

A Catholic mass was held for a third officer, Michael Smith, whose funeral is planned for Thursday. He served as an Army ranger before becoming a Dallas officer.

A public memorial is scheduled for Thursday at noon at Watermark Church in Dallas.

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