ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The shooting in Dallas has been heavy on the hearts of many. Friday communities from across the state gathered together to show support for the five officers killed in the tragic event.
Emotions ran high as many New Mexicans came together to show their support to the fallen officers just a state away.
Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh held back tears as the community came together today for a moment of silence to show support for the Dallas police officers and also local law enforcement.
Community members, city councilors and local law enforcement all gathered to honor those killed or hurt in the ambush style attack.
“It’s terrible but we will continue to do what we need to do and the community is showing us how much they appreciate it,” said Roswell Police Chief Philip Smith.
Tricia Hart, whose husband is a Roswell police officer, showed up to the event with a heavy heart.
“I just feel so bad for the families in Dallas because they got that call that any police family doesn’t want,” said Hart.
Roswell wasn’t the only community to take the time to show their support for law enforcement
In Hobbs, a whole street was shut down Friday morning as prayers took place.
In Farmington all officers, not on a call, gathered together for a minute of silence.
Those officers on calls pulled over, exited their vehicle and stood in silence.
People here in Roswell hope the community support will send a message that will help prevent tragedies like Dallas.
“Just think about your actions before you act on them. I mean there is ways to express anger without taking the life of another human being,” said Hart.