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Hattiesburg stands strong behind its fallen heroes

Residents are leaving gifts at the scene of the crime. Photo Source WDAM Residents are leaving gifts at the scene of the crime. Photo Source WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After the tragic murders of Officers Liquori Tate and Benjamin Deen, the City of Hattiesburg has unified behind the police department. Residents have lifted the officers' families in prayer and poured out love and support for those who protect the city each and every day by painting the city.

Blue light bulbs flew off the shelves, and local stores sold out in only a few days. New shipments are arriving but stores are struggling to keep up with the demand. 

Batteries Plus Bulbs on Hardy Street is giving away bulbs for free. They received a shipment of 500 bulbs Wednesday morning, but were out of them less than two hours later. 

Blue ribbons adorn the storefront windows in Downtown Hattiesburg as a constant reminder of the lives lost.

A memorial has been set up on East 4th Street. The corner is awash in red, white, and blue with flags, photographs, signs, ribbons, and flowers. The memorial grows larger each day as more items are dropped off by those in mourning. 

A new billboard donning the phrase "Blue Lives Matter" now stands sentry over Highway 98. This serves as further proof that the citizens of Hattiesburg will never forget Officers Tate and Deen. 

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