Students wear blue for fallen Richardson officer

- Students in Wylie wore blue Monday to show their support for a fallen Richardson police officer.

Officer David Sherrard was killed Wednesday while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a Richardson apartment. Brandon McCall opened fire on officers as they arrived and killed Sherrard and Rene Gamez, the man who had given him a place to stay.

Officer Sherrard leaves behind a wife and two daughters who attend McMillian Junior High School in Wylie. The school district asked students to wear blue in support of the family.

"We run the program like were a family and we need each other more so no than ever and I think all of our kids understand that," said Diana Caldwell, McMillian girls athletics coordinator. "We just want to make sure that we're supportive. That we say the right things do the right things to where all of our kids are taken care of."

The school also placed blue ribbons around the campus and band students plan to send cards and notes to the family. Students in Richardson and Crandall were also encouraged to wear blue in Sherrard's honor.

The community is also coming together to raise money for the Sherrard family.

“It’s just a good cause. We care about our neighborly cities and thought we'd do the right thing,” said customer Joy Dickey.

A group called "Rowlett Strong" organized fundraisers at several restaurants. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the family.

“They’re all family at a time like this. Anything we can do to support them as family were glad to do it --even something little like this,” said customer Richard Kull.

People gathered in the cold at Richardson’s Civic Center Sunday night to remember Sherrard for his life on and off the job.  

“He was always considered a hero. It doesn’t matter who you talk to. Everyone considered him their best friend. He loved everyone deeply and he would give you the clothes off his back,” said Cristal Goings, his sister.

Sherrard is the first Richardson police officer killed in the line of duty. His visitation is Monday night at First Baptist Church in Richardson and his funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas.

Members of the community can also support his family by participating in one of several fundraisers. For a list of locations and details, visit www.rowlettstrong.com/rowlett-strong-city-wide-spirit-event/

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