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Updated May 28, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Salt River Fields mourning fallen Officer Jair Cabrera

Salt River officers mourn the Saturday morning death of fellow Officer Jair Cabrera on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Twitter photo/@antoniamejia15)

PHOENIX -- As many mourn the death of Salt River Police Officer Jair Cabrera, those who knew him at Salt River Fields are also remembering his service.

"Professional, pleasant ... always had a smile on his face," said David Ellis, director of security at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Cabrera spent time working off duty at various events and Spring Training games at Salt River Fields for a couple of years, according to Ellis.

Cabrera and fellow off-duty volunteers would help direct traffic, help guests get in and out of the park and are around to handle any emergencies that might occur, Ellis said.

"He, along with all the other officers that work out here in the ballpark, are here to protect our fans by being our first responders," he said.

Dave Dunne, general manager of Salt River Fields, said Cabrera was a common fixture around the ballpark.

"Personally, I'm going to miss seeing him here at the ball park," Dunne said. "I just don't how quickly any of us are going to get over this."

As an active member of the community, Cabrera's passing has been difficult, Dunne said.

"He was someone that worked a lot of the events here. He loved being here," said Dunne. "I'd see him on the concourse during the game. (He was) always smiling (and) always helpful."

Cabrera was killed early Saturday morning when he was shot during a traffic stop at a Chevron gas station near Pima and Chaparral roads in Scottsdale.

On Tuesday evening, the Salt River Police Department held a candlelight vigil at the Chevron location. A public visitation for Cabrera will be held Thursday at the West Rest Haven Mortuary from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A memorial service for the seven-year police veteran is also planned for Friday at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria at 10 a.m.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.

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