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Remembering July 7

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Outside Dallas City Hall Friday evening, people gathered to listen to music, hear speakers, and later that night, hold up blue lights in the darkness as part of the city's central tribute to the July 7 anniversary.

Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News Special Contributor

An investigation into the ambush shooting a year ago that killed five Dallas law enforcement officers and injured nine others as well as two civilians will be turned over to the Dallas County District Attorney's office early next week, police officials said Friday.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Police officers across Texas will flash their red and blue patrol lights this morning in memory of the Dallas officers who died in an ambush last year.

Year of Unity

St. Paul United Methodist Church is just a few blocks from where a gunman disrupted a peaceful rally in downtown Dallas last year. Richie Butler, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, said some church members were part of that once-peaceful rally.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Folks who loved and worked with the five police officers killed last July 7 gathered Thursday to dedicate a memorial called the Circle of Heroes. Its six bronze plaques are mounted on stones that surround a flagpole. It's a place for people to stop along the Trinity Strand Trail in the Dallas Design District and remember.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

In the year since a gunman killed five officers, Dallas police have been buffeted by the retirement of a chief, a contentious pension battle and a continuing exodus of officers. Despite these challenges, two brand-new officers say they’ve landed in the right place, in a city where they feel they can do some good.

Javier Giribet-Vargas / KERA News special contributor

On July 7, 2016, a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas was punctuated with gunfire that killed five police officers and injured nine others plus two civilians. Look back at the sights and sounds of the 24 hours surrounding that tragic event. 

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

North Texas will commemorate the anniversary of July 7, 2016, with a wide range of community events. Here's a list that will be updated as more events are announced.

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A year ago, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarippa were still riding the rails and patrolling the streets of Dallas. Then came July 7. Mayor Mike Rawlings recalls how the city came through that night and the days that followed.