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Valdosta vigil held to support officers amidst national, local tension

People gathered Tuesday night at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church to honor five police officers killed last week in Dallas and a Valdosta officer who was attacked the next day. (Source: WALB) People gathered Tuesday night at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church to honor five police officers killed last week in Dallas and a Valdosta officer who was attacked the next day. (Source: WALB)
Vigil organizer Frank Lee (Source: WALB) Vigil organizer Frank Lee (Source: WALB)
Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine (Source: WALB) Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine (Source: WALB)
The names of the fallen Dallas officers were read aloud. (Source: WALB) The names of the fallen Dallas officers were read aloud. (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

People gathered Tuesday night at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church to honor five police officers killed last week in Dallas and a Valdosta officer who was attacked the next day.

The vigil opened with a prayer as United for Life came together to honor the officers killed Thursday in Dallas. They also prayed for Valdosta Officer Randall Hancock who was shot Friday at an apartment complex.

"Here in Valdosta we have to show solidarity, we have to become one," said vigil organizer Frank Lee.

Lee made one thing clear at the vigil. 

"There's only one race, and that's the human race," said Lee. 

In light of the police shootings across the nation, Lee used Tuesday to stand up for local officers.

He said that last week's ambush shooting in Valdosta was a wake-up call to do something.  

"I just want people to take the time to listen to other people and support your local law enforcement," explained Lee. 

The names of the fallen Dallas officers were read aloud.

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine attended the vigil and said law enforcers appreciate the show of support.

"It just means so much to us, you know there are so many times that we're looked down on when we're trying to do our job," said Sheriff Prine.

Lee was happy with Tuesday's ceremony, but leaves residents with one request.

"Try to make a difference in someone's life," requested Lee.

Former Sheriff Ashley Paulk, who's running for office again against Sheriff Prine, also attended Tuesday's vigil.

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