Community mourns shooting victims at Unity Rally

Posted at 9:32 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 21:32:54-04

The Western New York Community came out Tuesday night to remember the victims of last week's shootings.

At a Unity Rally in Niagara Square more than 100 people gathered to honor the five Dallas Police officers who were gunned down by a sniper, as well as the two African American men who were shot and killed by police officers, one in Baton Rouge, the other outside of Minneapolis.

The event was attended by representatives from various community organizations, including the Community Peacemakers. Member of the Buffalo Police Department, Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown participated in the event.

Several people took the microphone with encouraging words of how the community can heal together and move forward from the tragedies.

There was a moment of silence for the victims, and at 6 p.m., the names of the fallen police officers -- Officers Patrick Zamarripa, Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith -- as well as the two African American men killed by police officers -- Alton Sterling and Philando Castile -- were read aloud to the sound of a bell ringing for each name.

The event ended with the community joining together to sing several songs including "Amazing Grace."