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On July 7, 14 people were shot at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. The protest was a response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two African-American men who were shot by police.
Of those 14 who were shot, two were civilians and 12 were police officers. Five officers were killed and seven were wounded. The attack marked the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11.
While details about the shooters are still emerging, the names of the fallen and injured are being released. Here is a brief look at who these men and women were and how we can help them and their families. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
43-year-old Brent Thompson was an officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit who had been serving since 2009. Thompson was a newlywed, recently married to a fellow DART officer. He is the first DART officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1989.
Patrick Zamarripa not only served as a Dallas police officer but was a veteran of the Iraq War. The 32-year-old had been serving as a member of Dallas law enforcement for half a decade. He leaves behind his wife and a 5-year-old daughter.
Misty McBride, 32, is a DART officer, who was wounded in the attack. McBride has spent six years serving as an officer and had previously worked as a jailer at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. She is expected to live.
Omar Cannon, 44, was a DART officer wounded in the attack. Cannon had just celebrated seven years with DART this month. He is expected to survive.
Jesus Retana, 39, was a DART officer who has been in his position for a decade. He was wounded in the attack and is expected to recover.
Shetima Taylor was a civilian who was shot in the leg while shielding her sons from the attack. Taylor is a mother of four sons, all of whom were at the protest. She reportedly jumped on top of her 15-year-old to protect him while her three other children fled the scene. The 39-year-old is expected to recover from her injuries.
Ways You Can Help
- GoFundMe campaign for the Dallas Police Department
- GoFundMe campaign for all Dallas police officers involved in the attack
- The Razoo foundation is gathering donations to help support the officers involved with the attack
- The Assist the Officer Foundation is accepting donations to help officers in need
Lyz Lenz is currently the managing editor of the Rumpus. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Jezebel, the Columbia Journalism Review, and Mashable.