Softball Tournament Honors Fallen Police Officer

KILLEEN (September 1, 2013) -- Juan Obregon, Jr., feels lucky to be able to throw the first pitch at a charity softball tournament this weekend in Killeen.

Kimberly Hornsby wishes she didn't have to.

Obregon has been a Killeen Police officer for 10 years. Considering the line of work, his job is pretty safe most days.

In fact, the last time a Killeen police officer was killed in the line of duty was 96 years ago.

Until July 14, Obregon's SWAT brother and Kimberly's husband, Bobby Hornsby, was killed during a shootout in Killeen.

"There's a lot of adjectives I could use to describe the past couple months. Heartbreaking and humbling," Hornsby said.

Obregon was shot in the leg. Although he's still recovering, he considers himself the lucky one.

"I consider myself blessed. Yes I do. His sacrifice has set the ground and brought us all together," Obregon said.

That's why he's here, along with Kimberly Hornsby, throwing out the first pitch in a softball tournament for him and in memory of his fallen brother.

"Not very many people get a second chance at life and I've been given that," he said. "Being out here, seeing everything, it's just overwhelming."

Thirty-six teams,nearly 600 players, taking part in the tournament, everyone, in one way or another, touched by the service and sacrifice Hornsby made for his community.

"Great, great father. Family man. There for whoever needed help," Killeen city manager Glenn Morrison said.

"Just a true brother, in every sense of the word. We didn't have that blood bond, but he was my brother in every sense of the word," said Ramiro Martinez, Hornsby's lifelong friend.

"I think anybody would tell you that he's a caring person," said Killeen chief of police Dennis Baldwin.

"Set the bar for everybody. You know, a higher bar for us to live by," Obregon said.

And as she throws out the first pitch, Kimberly Hornsby can see just what her husband meant to the community around him.

"I had no idea. I figured people would come, but I had no idea people would come from Canada, California and Florida. It is hard at first and then it does turn into something really amazing," she said.

All proceeds raised from the softball tournament will be donated to Hornsby's family, Obregon and a special fund at the Killeen Police Department.


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