Services Held for Slain Dallas Cops as Widow Tells 'Coward' Shooter 'Your Hate Made Us Stronger'
With emotions still high in Dallas following last week's shocking sniper attack, funerals were held Wednesday for three of the five slain police officers.
Among them was 43-year-old Brent Thompson, whose wife of just a couple of weeks told hundreds of uniformed officers and others at Bishop T.D. Jakes' Dallas megachurch that Micah Johnson, the man identified as her husband's killer, has not shattered her law enforcement family.
"To the coward that tried to break me and my brothers and sisters, know that your hate made us stronger," Emily Thomspon, who was a DART officer like her late husband.
Thompson's children also spoke, including a daughter who praised her dad's dedication to his work and to caring for his family financially.
"He worked so, so hard to provide for us, working two jobs sometimes," she said. "Countless overtime just so we didn't have to struggle."
Noting that her dad wanted to be a positive role model for his children, as well, his daughter wanted him to know, "He'd done it. He's succeeded."
Thompson was credited with bravely charging Johnson in an attempt to end the July 7 assault.
Also killed was Dallas Police Sgt. Michael Smith, who joined the force in 1989. Several hundred mourners gathered Wednesday for a Catholic funeral service for Smith, a former U.S. Army Ranger.
Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens was also memorialized on Wednesday. His service was held in Plano, where mourners heard of Ahrens' past work with the LA County Sheriff's Department as well as a semi-pro football player.
Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol's funeral is scheduled for Friday. Officer Patrick Zamarripa's funeral will be held Saturday.
A service was held for all five officers on Tuesday, where President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush were among the attendees.