-- Friends and family gathered today at a funeral in Plano, Texas, to mourn the death of Officer Michael Krol, one of the five police officers killed by a gunman during a protest last week in Dallas.
The private service for Krol is underway today at Prestonwood Baptist Church Mortuary, but he will be laid to rest in his home state of Michigan Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The hundreds who attended Krol's funeral today included many law enforcement officers from around the country. Krol was also commemorated with an honor guard ceremony.
Krol worked at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Michigan prior to joining the Dallas Police Department. He was "living his dream of being a police officer,” Krol's mother told reporters last week.
Family members told the Detroit Free Press that Krol was single and had no children, but had a girlfriend in Dallas, whom he had texted the night of the protest to say everything was going peacefully.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released a statement last week in which he memorialized the Michigan native, saying, “I was notified today that one of the fallen officers in Dallas is a Michigan native who previously worked in law enforcement in southeast Michigan. We didn’t need this tragedy to be brought home to feel its impact, but still it hurts more this way.”
It has been a tumultuous week for Dallas. Today's service is the fourth police funeral to take place in the city this week. Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Sgt. Michael Smith and Officer Brent Thompson were laid to rest Thursday.
The burial service for Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa will be held Saturday, and a visitation and rosary will take place tonight at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth.