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Grieving Dallas pulls together after police shootings

DALLAS, Tex. - This hurting city is bleeding blue today.

"We feel this today," Dallas Police Chief David Brown during a citywide prayer service. "This is something that you’ve shown us, that you really do care."

He spoke only briefly, saying he had to return to the ongoing investigation into the shooting deaths of five of his officers and injuries of others. The sniper attack, he said, was "well planned."

"We won’t rest until we bring everyone involved to justice," he said to a roar of applause.

He began

Shortly after sunrise, flowers, teddy bears and candles started appearing at police headquarters. By midmorning donated bouquets started coming in by the armload full, and officers grieving their fallen brethren somberly placed blooms on a cruiser.

"We're all affected," said Senior Cpl. Marilyn Gates, her arm around her weeping colleague, Senior Cpl. Suzanne Torres.

Dallas Police Senior Cpls. Marilyn Gates, left, and Suzanne Torres. Photos: Jennifer Brett

Det. Matthew Allie led a prayer outside police headquarters and Officer Allen Webb positioned a sign of support on the cruiser as it was quickly covered in flowers.

"It's been a long day - a long night," Webb said.

Lee Lanham was among the Dallas residents who arose early to come pay respects.

"I had a heavy heart and wanted to show support for those who have been injured, or who died," he said.

Tom and Sherri Cook left a bouquet. He works downtown and parks in the parking garage where one of the shooters was taken down.

"It's too close," Sherri Cook said.

"It takes your breath away," Tom Cook said. "No one should be targeted like that. It's a tragic day for Dallas."

Dallas Police Det. Karen Lewis helps a family lay flowers at a police cruiser outside the department following the shooting deaths of five officers and injuries of others. Photos: Jennifer Brett

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Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.

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