Yesterday, my aunt shared something on Facebook that I reposted because I thought it was poignant.
On Wednesday, Episcopal churches in Colorado (where I was born) launched the 49 Bells Project. Through November 2, church bells across Colorado will ring 49 times at 1 p.m. each Wednesday, one toll in remembrance of each person killed in the Orlando shootings on June 12.
The bells will be rung to call people to prayer, and to call communities to attention about the lives lost to gun violence in Orlando, San Bernardino, Aurora, Newtown and so many other communities across the nation. You can read more about it here.
Just hours after I shared that on Facebook, we watched in horror as five law enforcement officers were fatally gunned down in Dallas, as a peaceful protest ended in that city.
Five more lives lost to senseless violence. Five more reasons to ring the bells.
(Tulsa will have a peace walk/prayer event today at 7 p.m. at Guthrie Green for those who want to attend.)
I’m not one to jump into polarizing political debates on Facebook. I’d rather be quiet, read and focus my own thoughts.
So here’s a look at some of the best coverage so far on the Dallas shootings:
Beautiful photos and comprehensive coverage from the Dallas Morning News.
Our friend Allison Harris, who we worked with at NewsOn6 before she moved to Fox 4 News in Dallas, was on the scene Thursday doing great work:
16-year-old Taylor King and her family brought a candle to memorial outside DPD HQ. She’s praying for police. pic.twitter.com/T5MaAVDbuv
— Allison Harris (@allisonfox4news) July 8, 2016
The Atlantic took a look at the police robot used to kill the sniper (with a bomb).
Our friends at The Marshall Project have an excellent roundup of coverage.
One of the officers killed Thursday had survived three tours of duty in Iraq, the Washington Post reported.
There’s also been some excellent coverage of the events that led up to Dallas this week, including the shocking video of Philando Castile’s death during a traffic stop and the Baton Rouge, La., police shooting of Alton Sterling.
A photo shared widely on social media shows the best of what humanity can be, with smiling Dallas Police officers standing next to one of the peaceful protesters with a homemade “No Justice, No Peace” sign.
Remember this picture and ring the bells.