Following the ambush on police officers in Dallas last night, faith leaders are hosting a prayer vigil in Leesburg tonight.
The vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Leesburg Town Green, 25 W. Market St.
“We as a people must try to come together and we hope that this effort will help our community maintain its togetherness and cohesion,” Phillip E. Thompson, president of the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP, said in announcing the vigil. “We have invited local law enforcement to joins us and remember their fallen comrades in Dallas and help us heal any gulf between law enforcement and our community.”
He asked that people spread the word about the vigil and bring a candle. “We will light in remembrance to those whose lives have been senselessly taken over the last several days,” he said.
Snipers in Dallas targeted police officers last night who were patrolling an otherwise peaceful protest. Five officers were killed and seven others wounded. The protest was in response to police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.