Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers pose for a photo with officer Patrick Zamarripa, who was killed Thursday night during the Dallas sniper shootings. (Instagram/@joeygallo24)

In the wake of Thursday night’s tragic shootings that left five Dallas police officers dead and seven more injured at the end of a peaceful protest, some athletes throughout the country chose to mourn in their own way, both by addressing the social issues at hand and taking the time to remember those who have fallen in what has been a rough week in America.

Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo did both. Gallo, 22, took to Instagram to remember the time he and teammate Nomar Mazara came across an officer while walking around in downtown Dallas.

“A couple months ago @nomazara26 and I were walking down the street in downtown Dallas,” Gallo wrote. “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”

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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Gallo has played 55 games for the Rangers’ Class AAA Round Rock Express this season. He had a memorable MLB debut in June of last year, going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI. Patrick Zamarripa was one of the five officers killed and an avid Rangers fan. Zamarripa’s longtime partner, Kristy Villasenor, and their two-year-old daughter were attending the Rangers game as the shootings occurred. Zamarripa was 32 years old.