We Visited the Memorial for Fallen Dallas Officer and Were Blown Away by What We Found

There is no question that the residents of Dallas back the blue.

A memorial honoring the Dallas police officer who was fatally shot during an attempted arrest at Home Depot on Wednesday has been consistently growing as Texans paid their respects, leaving flowers, balloons, and messages on Officer Rogelio Santander’s patrol car.

(MORE: Dallas Officer Rogelio Santander Dies Day After Shooting — 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know)

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One man, Hector Escamilla, even brought his 4-year-old daughter to pin up the drawings she made for the fallen officer.

“We teach our kids to respect Police Officers,” he said, according to WBAP. “We’re supposed to love them as much as they love us.”

QPolitical was on the scene of the memorial on Friday and we were blown away by what we found.

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People also left handwritten messages thanking the fallen officer for his service.

“God bless you Officer Santander. Thank you for your service,” one sign read.

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Other signs referenced the “thin blue line” and “blue lives matter.”

The scene was actually beautiful.

Officer Santander was one of several officers responding to an attempted arrest at Home Depot when the situation turned deadly. Police say Santander, another officer, Crystal Almeida, and loss prevention officer Scott Painter confronted the suspect, identified as Armando Luis Juarez, and informed him he was going to jail on an outstanding felony warrant.

Without warning, Juarez allegedly opened fire on the officers, fatally shooting Santander in the back of the head. Officer Almeida was reportedly shot in the face and Painter was also shot. Both were taken to the hospital and were reported to be in critical condition.

Join us in saying a prayer for Officer Santander’s family and a speedy recovery for Officer Almeida and Scott Painter.