BURLINGTON, N.C. -- It was a just a quick morning post on Facebook that drew more than 35 people out in front of Burlington City Hall. Under huge shady trees, local preachers and residents peacefully and quietly gathered together and voiced concern in honor of the victims in the deadly Dallas attacks and in support of local enforcement officers.
"I'm just very disturbed by what's going on, it seems very hateful," said local resident Lisa Rawlings. "We need laws, we need law enforcement and we need to protect and honor them."
Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe was clearly still emotional about the shootings.
"I've been an officer for more than 30 years and have seen people killed in the line of duty, people I care a great deal about. I never thought I'd see five of our brothers killed for merely wearing a badge," Smythe said.
In song and prayers, people called for calm and compassion and change.
"These guys work really hard, I appreciate everything they do for us. I don't understand all of this, it just breaks my heart. We have no idea what these officers go through out on the streets. We need to come together and support them and be the best people we can be," said Ginger Owen.