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Will Middlebrooks raises $55,000 for family of Jonathan Price, childhood friend shot and killed by police in Texas

Jonathan Price grew up in Wolfe City, Texas, about 70 miles northeast of Dallas, and worked both as a fitness trainer and a mentor there.
Jonathan Price grew up in Wolfe City, Texas, about 70 miles northeast of Dallas, and worked both as a fitness trainer and a mentor there.Facebook Photo

Former Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks mourned the fatal shooting of his friend and former teammate, Jonathan Price, by a police officer in Texas.

Middlebrooks took to Facebook to report that Price, who is Black, was killed on Saturday after being shot in the chest and back by a police officer in east Texas while trying to break up a fight at a gas station.

“This was purely an act of racism,” Middlebrooks wrote. “I’m sick. I’m heartbroken … And I’m furious.”

Middlebrooks subsequently clarified that Price was unarmed and trying to break up a fight between a man and woman at a gas station, and that he was basing his account on the fact that his friends were with Price at the time of his shooting.

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According to local reports, Price’s family said that the 31-year-old was tasered and then fatally shot by an officer while trying to break up a fight at a gas station in Wolfe City, Texas. On its Facebook page, the City of Wolfe City reported that there was an officer-involved shooting on Oct. 3 that had resulted in the officer being placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Middlebrooks started a fundraiser to support the cost of a funeral and memorial service for Price. As of Monday afternoon, it had exceeded its goal of $50,000.


Alex Speier can be reached at alex.speier@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @alexspeier.