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A man views an image  December 16 , 2012 in Washington, DC of Robbie Parker and his daughter Emilie on a Facebook site memorializing the young girl, who was one of the victims in Fridays' mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Robbie Parker, a 30-year-old hospital physician's assistant who cares for sick newborns, said the death of his loving six-year-old Emilie should "inspire us to be better, more compassionate and caring toward other people." Parker included the family of the apparent shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, in his condolences, addressing them through the news media to say: "I can't imagine how hard this experience must be for you." AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A man views an image December 16 , 2012 in Washington, DC of Robbie Parker and his daughter Emilie on a Facebook site memorializing the young girl, who was one of the victims in Fridays’ mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON  (CBSDFW.COM) – The father of six-year-old Emilie Parker, who was killed in the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Texas Rangers’ home opener on Friday, April 5 versus the Los Angeles Angels. The team made the announcement on Friday.

The father, Robbie Parker, grew up in North Texas and will be accompanied by his wife Alissa and daughters Madeline and Samantha for the first pitch ceremony. Mr. Parker grew up a Rangers fan, and took Emilie to several Rangers games in Arlington, Seattle, and Boston.

Several organizations, including ESPN Dallas and local baseball website The Newberg Report, helped raise thousands of dollars for Emilie’s Fund, which assisted families of those impacted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In a statement read on ESPN Dallas 103.3, Mr. Parker expressed his sincere gratitude to the fans of North Texas.

“I am so proud to be a Ranger fan, because I know that as a fan I actually belong to a community. I am glad I was able to share the community with my precious daughter and that the same community has reached out to her and let our family know that she is remembered and loved. Thank you for all you have done to support our family through this time. GO RANGERS!!”

The sellout game between the Rangers and Angels will be played at 1:05 p.m. on April 5.

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