Dallasites Flock to Klyde Warren Park for Obama Speech

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DALLAS -- With only a select few in the Meyerson Symphony Center for today's service, hundreds were left hunting for a spot to gather and heal.

Klyde Warren Park was that place.

"I'm just glad to see people out here, even if we can't get into the Meyerson," said local Anika Jones. "It's just good to see people out here to honor those who have fallen."

Though the crowd wasn't overflowing, their hearts seemed to be.

"Just pray that this situation, people learn from it," said local Seth Hammond. "Fighting violence with violence is not the answer."

White sat with Black sat with Hispanic and so on in Downtown Dallas as they all listened for a message of healing from President Barack Obama.

"If we can't talk honestly and openly, not just in the comfort of our own circles, but with those who look different than us or bring a different perspective, then we will never break this dangerous cycle."

Scattered among them were Dallas Police officers, still on the job to protect their city and ours.

"It just goes to show that we have a great police department, and even though they were faced with an attack they're still here doing their job," said local Coco Balalau. "They still show up, and they're still here to protect us."

No officers wanted to talk on camera today, but privately they told NewsFix they'd rather go back to the business of protecting than be home in their thoughts.

The crowd listened to Obama's message of peace and unity, but will what happened in Dallas cause a change?

Seth Hammond thinks so, and so do hundreds of others who were in the park today.

"I think there are enough good people in the world to make it a better place and make it a good place to live."

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