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Softball tournament honors slain Killeen SWAT officer

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Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013 4:30 am

Juan Obregon and Kimberly Hornsby stood side-by-side. Surrounded by their SWAT family, the duo threw the first pitches for a softball tournament Saturday at the fields next to the Killeen Community Center on W.S. Young Drive.

Brandon Smith and his wife, Jennifer, organized the event in memory of Robert “Bobby” Hornsby, a Killeen Police Department SWAT officer who died July 14 during a shoot-out. The tournament also honored SWAT officer Obregon, who was shot in the leg during the incident and is currently in rehabilitation.

“Not only has this event brought us together as a team, but also as a community,” said Smith, a SWAT officer.

Before the tournament started, Hornsby’s wife, Kimberly, thanked everyone for their endless support.

“It’s been humbling and we just thank God for every one of you,” she said.

SWAT officer Miguel Mirabel was at the scene of the fatal standoff that killed his “brother.”

“That was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with,” Mirabel said. “Most SWAT teams are real close-knit folks and go into that mode that nothing can happen to you, and then when something does happen, it’s really upsetting and a difficult moment.”

Mirabel, who played on one of two SWAT teams in the tournament, is glad the community is continuing its support for Obregon and Hornsby.

“They’re our family. We’re going to support them no matter what. All the other supporting teams and people out here — that’s what we need to help strengthen (the SWAT team so) we can continue our mission,” Mirabel said. “It’s an awesome feeling. It’s the least we can do for one of our brothers who’s no longer here. I love the fact that the community has come together the way it has.”

Obregon continues to say support from the community is overwhelming.

“I’m very grateful,” he said. “I know we’re all out here to have fun, but we’re (also) here to honor the memory of our fallen SWAT brother. I want everyone to remember that and keep him (and his family) in your prayers.”

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