One of the Dallas police officers gunned down in Thursday night’s murderous rampage was a Mexican-American Iraq war veteran.
Patrick Zamarripa, 32, had fought for America in one of the most dangerous places in the world, surviving thee tours in Iraq. His father, Rick Zamarripa, is heartbroken. “He comes to the United States to protect people here, and they take his life,” he said, as reported by the Washington Post.
Zamarripa’s entire adult life had been devoted to service, his father said. Patrick joined the Navy right after high school, then when he got out, he joined the Dallas Police Department about five years ago. He had recently begun working as a bike officer in the downtown Dallas area. When his father saw the news of the shootings on television, he texted his son, asking, “Are you ok?”
Normally, his son always responded that he was all right, but not this time. A reply never came.
Rick called his son’s long-time partner, Kristy, who was at a Texas Rangers game with their 2-year-old daughter, Lyncoln. She hadn’t heard anything, but soon after she received a call to head to the hospital. Rick arrived first, and learned that his son had been killed.
The hospital allowed the family to briefly see Zamarripa through a glass window Thursday night. Rick said little Lyncoln called out for her father.
“Da da,” she said. “Da da.”
On July 4, Zamarripa tweeted this message expressing his deep love for his country.
Happy Birthday to the greatest country on the face of this planet. My beloved America!
— Patrick Zamarripa (@PatrickEZ01) July 5, 2016
He was one of the officers who worked to keep order during the Trump rally in Dallas on June 16.
— Patrick Zamarripa (@PatrickEZ01) June 15, 2016
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