Fallen Dallas Officer's Uncle Talks About Baton Rouge Shooting
SAYRE, Oklahoma - Fernando Zamarripa wears his pride on his chest.
A blue and yellow ribbon featuring a picture of his late nephew, Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa.
Patrick Zamarripa and four other Dallas law enforcement officers were shot and killed following a Black Lives Matter rally in the city.
This weekend, Fernando Zamarripa, a Sayre resident, honored his fallen hero in Dallas at his funeral.
“Oh my Lord, it was very crowded,” he said.
But Fernando Zamarripa said the crowd was more humbling than anything and a true show of the effect his nephew had on this country.
“I’m talking about police officer from across the entire U.S. I’m talking New York, Oregon, Florida, they came from every state,” said Fernando Zamarripa.
Before dust had time to settle on Patrick's grave, Fernando Zamarripa and his family were sending condolences back to Louisiana.
“Oh my God, not again,” he recalled, thinking out loud. “We were just saddened to hear that more police officers were killed and we just shook our heads.”
More violence targeted towards police, this time claiming the lives of three in Baton Rouge.
Fernando Zamarripa says he was “sick. I was sick to my stomach.”
According to Fernando Zamarripa, this has now all catapulted to an issue that is beyond black and white.
“All these things are black and white and blue, the thing about it is one of those police officers were also black so you can’t tell me this is a race thing, there’s hate,” he said.
Fernando Zamarripa called the hate a virus sweeping through violence and he said the only hope for change is for us to come together as one people.