MURPHY, Texas - A fallen Richardson officer is being remembered a year after his murder.
Officer David Sherrard was killed on Feb. 7 of last year. He was shot six seconds after entering an apartment to investigate a shooting.
Sherrard was the first officer in the Richardson Police Department killed in the line of duty. The department will observe a moment of silence in his honor Thursday at 8:03 p.m.
"We honor and remember him as a friend, dedicated husband and father, and a hero to the community. His leadership and sense of humor are dearly missed. We will never forget our fallen Brother in blue. The community can show support by wearing or displaying a blue ribbon in honor of his sacrifice," Richardson PD said.
The department will go live on Facebook as fellow officers and firefighters activate their emergency lights in Sherrard's memory.
The 37-year-old officer lived with his wife and two daughters in Murphy, east of Plano. His neighbors have placed flags with blue ribbons in every front yard along their street.
Sisters Elena and Veeka Schlensker are friends with one of Sherrard's daughters. They wanted to do something to honor him and his family.
“This is really a big work for our community because they all agreed to it and they all helped somehow. And just knowing that we all did this together for their family, I think that’s really great,” Elena Schlensker said.
Brandon McCall, the man accused of killing the officer, is set to go to trial for two capital murder charges later this year. He's also accused of murdering 30-year-old Rene Gamez, who had given him a place to stay.