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Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Police officers search a car leaving the search area as BRPD investigate the scene where three police officers were killed Sunday morning.

Three days ago, LSU coach Les Miles addressed hundreds of reporters at Southeastern Conference media days, preaching change after the shooting of Alton Sterling. 

On Sunday, more tragedy struck the city. 

LSU football players, and other athletes and coaches, weighed in on Twitter after at least three law enforcement officers were shot and killed Sunday morning on Airline Highway.

The list includes Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey. Sankey and LSU president F. King Alexander spoke two weeks ago regarding the Sterling shooting, he told The Advocate this past week.

"We pray for the families of those lost and for healing of a great city," Sankey tweeted.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri texted The Advocate, "Just a sad, sad day for our city."

LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones also released a statement through The Advocate.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have tragically lost loved ones and we continue to pray for peace and healing in a hurting city in which we live," Jones said.

"I, like so many other Louisiana citizens, was in mass when the news broke," LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux said. "This isn't what our community is about. I hope and pray that moving forward we can embrace the needs of our community and work together to prevent this from defining the community that we all love. This is NOT our town, not our value system. Let's heal together."

Southern men's basketball coach Roman Banks said he slipped into a "depressed state" when he first heard about the shootings.

"Sadness is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about a situation where officers are having their lives taken," he said. “I think we need to have more respect for people that are trying to protect us. I can understand some of the rationale that’s been going on for the last couple of weeks. There’s some frustration, but we obviously need to understand how to deal with this.

“We need to understand that taking lives is never an answer. This is about all creeds, not just black and white. … There are a lot of good people in this city. There are a lot of good citizens. There are a lot of good officers. We all need to see that to make a better Baton Rouge.”

Southern baseball coach Roger Cador also weighed in.

"My heart is really hurting right now, seeing people out there protecting us every day being shot ambush-style," Cador said. "I’d like the good people in this community to know how much they do for us. I want the community to come together and work to make Baton Rouge the great city that it is.

“I’ve gotten a hundred calls and texts from people all over the country and the world asking what’s going on there, and I’m disturbed by what’s happening," he continued. "We can’t be doing this to police officers; we have to respect them for what they do. We have to stop it to make our city better, and we have to respect our police officers for what they do. I have the utmost respect for our police officers and I make sure that my (players) do, too.”

Former NFL star Warrick Dunn, a Baton Rouge native, suffered the loss of his mother as a result of a violent incident in the same city in 1993. Betty Smothers, a police officer from Baton Rouge, was killed in a robbery attempt, leaving an 18-year-old Dunn to raise five younger siblings.

Dunn told ESPN.com that he was "obviously emotional." More here

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey

LSU linebacker Devin White

LSU running back Nick Brossette

LSU freshman offensive lineman Willie Allen

LSU receiver Malachi Dupre

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris

LSU running back Leonard Fournette

LSU tight end DeSean Smith

(whose father is a state trooper)

LSU receiver Stephen Sullivan

LSU tight end Colin Jeter

Former LSU baseball player Raph Rhymes

LSU freshman defensive back Cam Lewis

LSU receiver Travin Dural

Former LSU pitcher John Valek

Former LSU catcher Kade Scivicque

LSU pitcher Hunter Newman

SWAC commissioner Duer Sharp

Former LSU basketball player Garrett Temple

Temple told the Undefeated on Sunday that "killing cops is no answer at all." The full story can be found here.

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