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Columbia mayor Benjamin travels to Dallas for shooting memorial

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin
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Mayor Steve Benjamin will join a delegation of mayors taking part in a memorial service Tuesday for victims of last week’s shooting in Dallas.

Columbia’s mayor will attend the service with other representatives of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Benjamin is currently the conference’s second vice president.

Benjamin will be joined at the service by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to show their sympathy for Dallas’s Mayor Mike Rawlings. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush will also speak during the memorial.

Last Thursday, a gunman opened fire on Dallas police officers at the end of a protest against officer-involved shootings, killing five and wounding 11 others, before the shooter was killed by police.

“Losing a first responder is always painful, and it is difficult to imagine what Mayor Rawlings and the City of Dallas are going through right now,” Benjamin said in a statement ahead of the visit, “but I want to show the support the City of Columbia and I have for their community.”

The service is scheduled to begin at noon CDT, 1 p.m. EDT.

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