Community of McCamey Comes Together to Mourn Loss of Deputy Kennedy 10/3/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 3, 2013
McCamey - For the past 24 hours, it's been an emotional rollercoaster for the town of McCamey as the city faces another loss in the law enforcement community.
The crime scene, a parking lot of a convenience store, will now be remembered as the site where 38-year-old Billy Bubba Kennedy, an Upton County Sheriff's deputy, died in a gun battle.
The suspect, 50-year-old Gary David Green, is in stable condition at Medical Center Hospital.
DPS Troopers tells us he faces capital murder charges.
Kennedy is the second Upton County Sheriff's Deputy to be killed in the line of duty in the past 15 months.
The investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers.
Tonight residents in McCamey have become one unit, as they grieve together and honor the life of Deputy Kennedy.
Hearts are heavy tonight in the middle of town as the community of McCamey mourns the loss of deputy Kennedy, but to those who knew him, he's just ‘Bubba.’
"I knew him from the time he was just a little boy," said one person who drove to the vigil from Iraan.
"Bubba was a very caring, friendly, God fearing person," said another family friend.
Deputy Kennedy gave his life to serve his community, tonight his community showed their gratitude.
“What a family we have. We just want you to know that we care for you and we're praying for you," said the McCamey Assembly of God pastor to the crowd tonight.
With cell phones in the place of candles, people tearfully sang to honor the life of Bubba Kennedy. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.