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Top Stories: Funeral For Richardson Police Officer; Mentoring Students In Age Of Tech

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Many gathered Sunday for a candelight vigil honoring David Sherrard, who was the first officer to be killed on duty in the history of the Richardson Police Department.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Funeral services for a Richardson Police officer killed in the line of duty are set for this afternoon. David Sherrard will be honored at 2 p.m. at Watermark Community Church in Dallas.

His death was the first police officer death in Texas this year. Sherrard, 37, was shot and killed last week after responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex. Police also found another man, Rene Gamez, dead at the scene.

The suspect — Brandon McCall — has been charged with capital murder, and the investigation has been turned over to the Plano Police Department.  

Sherrard had been working for Richardson Police for more than a dozen years. He leaves behind a wife and two children. He was the first officer to be killed on duty in the history of the Richardson Police Department.

Other stories this morning:

  • Several million dollars, once set aside for a road along the Trinity River in Dallas, will now instead go to flood control. The Dallas Morning News reports members of the Dallas City Council's Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee learned yesterday that $48 million from a 1998 bond will help pay for raising and flattening stretches of the levees that constitute the Dallas Floodway System. City officials said they hope to begin the work in six to eight months.

  • Mentoring kids has always been about developing a one-on-one relationship. As technology has changed, so too has that mentor and student connection. As part of KERA’s American Graduate series, Stella Chavez reportson how one of the country’s largest mentoring organizations – Big Brothers Big Sisters – has evolved to help professionals with busy lives and kids who like spending time online.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Stephanie Kuo is an award-winning radio journalist who worked as a reporter and administrative producer at KERA, overseeing and coordinating editorial content reports and logistics for the Texas Station Collaborative – a statewide news consortium including KERA, KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.