DALLAS –– On Friday, hours after the commemorative event memorializing John F. Kennedy's death wraps at Dealey Plaza, Dallas police will pay respect to another victim who died at Lee Harvey Oswald's hands: Officer J.D. Tippit, one of their own.
About 45 minutes after the president was gunned down, Tippit tried to stop Oswald near 10th and Patton Street. Oswald shot him dead and fled to the Texas Theatre, where he was arrested after sneaking past a clerk and into the cinema.
At 6 p.m. Friday, the 50th anniversary of Tippit's death, the Dallas Police Department willd hold a candlelight vigil to honor the fallen officer. Chief David Brown will speak as well as Marie Tippit, the officer's widow. The event will take place at his historical marker at 10th and Patton Streets in Oak Cliff.
The state of Texas approved the marker and installed it last year, days before the 49th anniversary of his murder. Former News 8 reporter Brad Watson penned an editorial detailing the approval process, which began with a report in 2010.
Farris Rookstool III, a former FBI analyst and consultant to the Sixth Floor Museum, submitted a narrative to the state detailing the incident and its importance. The Texas Historical Foundation, along with its then-President Tom Doell, donated $5,000 for the marker.
Dallas ISD and trustee Eric Cowan approved the marker along with the state –– it now sits at the northeast corner of Adamson High School.