The Houston Texans held a moment of silence for fallen Houston Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal before Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
"Our first responders are both heroic and selfless as they protect us every day," Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "It is always tragic when we lose one of them and Sunday felt like an appropriate opportunity for us and our fans to honor the memory of Deputy Dhaliwal. He was a champion for our community and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Dhaliwal was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Friday. He made national headlines as a trailblazer in Texas, becoming the first observant Sikh to wear a turban and beard while on duty as a sheriff's deputy in Harris County. Several memorials and vigils were held over the weekend following an outpouring of support from the community where he served.
Dhaliwal, a ten-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, was 42 and is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral arrangements and a ceremony remembering the fallen deputy will take place on Wednesday in Houston.