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Rangers' Joey Gallo Shares His Experience with One of the Fallen Officers

Rangers' star shares #PrayForDallas post

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    Fallen officer Patrick Zamarripa, center, is seen in an Instagram post with young Texas Rangers players Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara just months before the tragedy in downtown Dallas.

    Sports and news are typically on two separate tracks, for good reason, as sports is an escape from everyday life for many people. Sometimes it is not time for escape, but time to embrace what is going on in the real world. Texas Rangers' prospect Joey Gallo put sports aside to share a personal note on Instagram Friday.

    Gallo posted a picture with fellow Rangers star Nomar Mazara and Dallas Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa.

    Zamarripa was one of the officers who lost his life Thursday night in the Dallas shootings. In his post, Gallo asked everyone to pray for Zamarripa, his family and all the officers affected.

    "I'll never forget how kind and down to Earth he (Zamarripa) was," Gallo wrote. "He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man."

    Gallo ends the caption with a hashtag that will become synonymous with the shootings: #PrayForDallas. The hashtag is a reminder that all of us in the North Texas community were touched by this event and must come out of this more united, so we never have to go through another night like that again.

    A couple months ago @nomazara26 and I were walking down the street in downtown Dallas. When an officer stopped us, Mazara and I immediately became nervous, "I know who you guys are" he said. "Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, can I get a picture with you guys please?" It was definitely a first for me and Nomar to have an officer, a true hero, want to meet us. His name is Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers killed in last nights shootings in Dallas. I'll never forget how kind and down to Earth he was. We ended up having a 15 minute conversation about sports with him. He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man. Please keep Patrick, and all the officers affected and their families in our prayers today. #prayfordallas

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