The young daughter of one of the five slain Dallas police officers set to be buried Wednesday recalled how her father foreshadowed his fate in his final words to her before being killed in last week’s ambush.
Caroline Smith, 9, shared the last conversation she had with her dad, Dallas Police Sgt. Michael Smith, in an emotional interview with CBS News, which aired earlier this week. “He was leaving to go to work and I was leaving to go to a movie, and he said to me, ‘What if this is the last time you ever kiss me or hug me?” she said.
“That was probably the first time he ever said that,” she added before breaking down in tears. “It just felt different to me. I thought something bad was going to happen.”
Michael Smith, 55, was a 28-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, according to CBS. He was two years away from retirement when he was killed by alleged shooter Micah Johnson during an attack at a protest, which left five officers dead and nine others wounded.
The late police sergeant and former U.S. Army Ranger leaves behind his wife, Heidi Smith, and two young daughters. His private funeral is set to take place Wednesday at the Farmers Branch church he and his family attended, the AP reports.
“Nothing is the same or feels like it will ever be the same,” his widow told CBS.