BELTON - A man who survived a shooting more than a year ago is dead and a woman is critically injured after a double shooting.
Bell County Sheriff's deputies found the couple in a camper at 663 S P Terry Road in Belton near Morgan's Point Resort Monday afternoon. Deputies say 57-year-old Mary Gonzales Ybarra and 57-year-old Emilio Sonen Ybarra Jr. were both shot in the head with a handgun. Emilio died at the scene. Mary was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where she is in critical condition.
Back on April 13, 2010 Temple police say Mary Ybarra shot Emilio Ybarra in the arm, but he recovered from it. Mary Ybarra was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, but never went to trial.
The couple is from the Lubbock area, but has been living in the Temple-Belton area for several years.
I just wish to add that, personally, this saddens me greatly.
I only encountered Emilio at tournaments, sometimes as my opponent, more often as a fencer on a strip where I was there to referee. He was always courteous, witty, and generally seemed to enjoy himself. His wife was always kind to Nicole and I. I recall one Fete de Lune (the same one the video in the earlier post came from). His wife was taking ill and he spent most off-strip moments doting on her.
Obviously there was a side to their lives I never encountered. I will choose to dwell on the actual memories I have of them and not on the news details of a couple I never knew.
This is quickly turning into one of my least favorite years.
This is such a tragedy. I sat and visited with Mary many times during tournaments in the past. They always made me feel welcome to be at tournaments. Emilio was one of my favorite people to fence. I recall injuring my calf while fencing him during a tournament in San Marcos, and he made it fair a game by slowing down the action just a fraction, which made the bout drag on a bit with pretty sword play. Such a funny sense of humor. Our bout was the funnest one I think I have ever fenced in my life. They will both be missed terribly.
"Both thorn and thistles it should bring forth, for us. For out of the ground we were taken for the dust we are, and to the dust we shall return." - Denzel Washington, Eli in The Book of Eli
Post by WoodlandsFencing on Jun 16, 2011 5:33:36 GMT -6
It is a very small world. Last night I was talking about Emilio and my boys (Ben and Sam) told me Emilio is the person that got them interested in fencing. They attended a summer sleep away camp in Bruceville outside Waco when they were 10. They came home raving about a new sport they tried--fencing. They started fencing at Salle Mauro when they got home and never looked back. Emilio was the coach hired by the camp--until we talked last night I was not aware of this. He was a lovely guy and touched many lives, even ours. Leslie
Post by monitorlizerd on Jun 16, 2011 7:13:35 GMT -6
Most of you know my son, Sean, as a saber fencer. For a long time, he was quite small for his age, and definitely fought uphill. Emilio was one of his favorites to fence- short and scrawny against tall and slender, both talking smack as fast as they could make their mouths move. After a while, as I learned a bit more about fencing, I saw what he did for Sean. While he never gave the bout away to Sean, he never shut him out as so many others did. He fenced down to Sean's skill level, and made him work for every point to the best of his ability. Emilio never lost to him, but the score was always something respectable, like 10-15 or so. And then there was the bout when Emilio did his famous jump-at-you-and-scream attack...Sean ducked and stuck his blade up into Emilio's belly as he went sailing OVER Sean's head, and got the point. Everyone watching screamed at once, and almost fell over laughing. Sean fell over on his back, totally incoherent. And Emilio just stood there shaking his head, and laughing. It had to be a good 5 minutes before the bout resumed, no one could do anything but giggle, including the ref. I, too, will choose to remember the gallant man who could take such care with a young fencer and his ego, and such joy in the sport.
I'm not suffering from insanity, I'm enjoying every minute of it- I'm an armorer"
by Deborah Mckeon | Police Reporter Published: June 15, 2011
The family of a man who died in a double shooting near Morgan's Point Resort is still waiting for details on what happened.
"Right now, we're holding up, trying to get things arranged. It's a waiting game," said Rudy Urbina, the brother of Emilio Ybarra, the 57-year-old man found dead Monday with a gunshot wound following a double shooting in north central Bell County at 663 S.P. Terry Road. Ybarra's wife, Mary Ybarra, 57, also was found with a gunshot wound to the head and is in critical condition after being airlifted to Scott & White Memorial Hospital.
The Ybarras, who were originally from the Lubbock area but had resided in the Temple-Belton area for several years, had no family in the area and had no children, Urbina said. Emilio Ybarra has two brothers and three sisters. Funeral arrangements will be made in the Plainview area, he said, once the body has been released after the autopsy.
"We need closure. We don't know what happened or why it happened. We don't know anything," Urbina said.
"Services for Emilio Ybarra will be held on Saturday, 18 June at 11 a.m. at Kornerstone Funeral Home Chapel (3605 SW 3rd. Street) in Plainview, Texas. The phone number for Kornerstone is 806-296-0055."
Post by emiliosnephew on Jun 18, 2011 5:57:42 GMT -6
On behalf of my uncle and the rest of my family I'd like to thank you all for the kind words about my uncle. He was a great man and will truly be missed by all who knew him. It's been a rough week for us and reading your posts has really helped me. I never had the privilege to watch my uncle fence and those videos were a treat to watch. He really loved he sport and the people he got to meet while doing it. All of your recollections of him are spot on with my memories. His personality was contagious and his sense of humor never allowed there to be a dull moment. He was always the center of attention when he visited. He would help anyone in anyway he could. That's the kind of man he was. Those are the things we'll miss most about him.
Once again, thank you for sharing your memories of him and for all the kind words. They are greatly appreciated.
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