By all accounts, Patrick Zamarripa was a loving father, patriotic American, loyal Rangers fan and hero to his family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center, 5201 Ca Roberson Blvd. in Fort Worth. The Navy veteran will be buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
“I was his hero and then he went into the military … he was my hero,” said his uncle Fernando Zamarripa.
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Patrick Zamarripa survived three tours in Iraq. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom starting in 2003, his uncle said.
His extended family at Paschal High, where Zamarripa was a trumpet player in the Paschal marching band, also mourned him.
“The Paschal community is heartbroken,” Principal Terri Mossige told the Star-Telegram. “Once a Paschal Panther, always a Paschal Panther.”
On his Twitter account, Zamarripa reveals a life filled with fun, respect for his fellow officer and love to those close to him.
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This report contains material from Star-Telegram archives.