"It's sad. It's just a tragedy," Dorothy Thompson said outside New Hope Baptist Church after a Mother's Day service that included prayers for the officers and their families.
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"He wanted to become an officer because we've seen so much of our peers get killed or end up in jail," said Thompson, 24, of Starkville. "He was talking all the time about how he wanted to do better and make the place better."