Beeville community holds weekend of events to honor Knox Longoria

Kailey E. Hunt
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Trophies await winners of the softball tournament held on Sunday,  June 13, 2021 in Beeville in honor of Knox Longoria.

Family and friends from all over the state travelled to Beeville this past weekend to celebrate and honor the life of 4-year-old Knox Longoria, who died after sustaining suspicious injuries earlier this month. 

“He was just a sweet kid,” Andrew Longoria told the Caller-Times, standing outside the fields at Veteran’s Park in Beeville on Sunday.

“A little mischievous, actually,” Andrew, Knox’s uncle, continued, chuckling a bit. “But a really sweet kid.” 

Phoenix Longoria gives the camera a thumbs up in the dugout at Veteran's Park in Beeville Sunday, June 13, 2021. The Beeville community hosted a softball tournament in honor of Phoenix's late brother, Knox Longoria.

The Beeville community, led by Frank Ochoa and Amanda Banda, held a cornhole tournament and barbecue benefit on Saturday and a co-ed softball tournament on Sunday. 

“We want to thank the two persons that organized the two events and the Beeville community for stepping up," Knox’s aunt, Gloria Paniagua told the Caller-Times Monday. "Their support meant so much to our family."

Friends and family of Knox Longoria, including Knox's father, Andrew "A.J." Longoria, gathered at Veteran's Park in Beeville Sunday to watch a softball tournament held in the 4-year-old's honor.

However, Banda --- who organized the softball tournament --- told the Caller-Times, the event was the least she could do to help a family experiencing so much heartache.

"Our goal was to help assist with financial expenses [---] to allow the Longoria family to grieve without the worry of funding," she said. "The positive feedback and support that was provided from our community was overwhelming.

"The excruciating heat had no effect on the amazing turnout we had. I was only able to glance at the parking lot a few times [but] it was full of family and friends, some local from Beeville and [some] also Victoria and San Antonio residents." 

The "Kinos" of Beeville won the softball tournament held on Sunday,  June 13, 2021 at Beeville's Veteran's Park in honor of Knox Longoria.

All in all, over $3,000 was raised for the Longoria family. Banda said every penny will go to the family.

GoFundMe has also been organized to help the family with final expenses.

News of Knox's death came after Corpus Christi Police were dispatched to a local hospital on June 4 to investigate suspicious injuries to a child.

There, according to police reports, officers were informed that the child, later identified as Knox Longoria, had died.

On June 9, Bethany Longoria and Ezekiel Ramirez were arrested in connection with his death.

Longoria, the boy's mother, was arrested on the outstanding warrant for injury to a child by omission. Ramirez, who police described as the mother's boyfriend, was arrested on the outstanding warrant for murder.

Bond for each was set at $750,000.

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