July 2007 Archives

Ricky Martinez: musician, friend, inspiration

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Hometown Boys singer Ricky Martinez was laid to rest Wednesday in his hometown of Lubbock.

Friends, family, followers gathered to share memories, photographs, tears and laughter.

According to this Lubbock Avalanche Journal newsstory, mourners gathered at St. Elizabeth's Parish Wednesday morning to say their goodbyes to Martinez, who was 48.

The service was led by Rev. Joy Thachil, Deacon Dick McCann and Deacon Benny Brito.

"Ricky was well known as a musician," Thachil began, "and also was a friend to many of you." He was also a reminder of why "God gives us life in the first place," he said -- to become the person God intended.

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 Brito then said: "God's given us all gifts and we're to use those gifts to make a difference in the world for others ... Ricky used his gifts to the maximum."

Funeral services were then held at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park.

Ricky's brother Bobby said Ricky had told him to keep the band alive if something ever happened to him, so Bobby plans to "keep on going."

More Homies/Ricky stories, notes, comments and photo:
Hometown Boys' Ricky Martinez dead; Updates

Meanwhile, more emails and messages of support keep pouring in:

HometownBoysRicky MartinezVA.jpg"I want to express my sincere condolences to Ricky Martinez's family. My prayers go out to them in this moment of sadness and the lost of a great conjunto performer. It was a pleasure introducing the band on stage last year and their pleasant and simple way of getting to know them was as great as their performance. I had a chance to speak to Rick not too long ago about his new recording project and about having the Hometown Boys performer at my daughter's quinceanera this month. Their schedule could not permit them to come up to Washington State. I will dedicate all of my radio show to Ricky Martinez and The Hometown Boys today. Que Viva Conjunto! Long live Ricky Martinez and The Hometown Boys!"
Adan Escobar
"El Aramadillo"
The Power Tejano Show, KHSS-FM, Walla Walla, WA

"Lamente el fallecimiento de uno de los grandes de la Musica Tejana muy pocos como el asi de humildes y buen artista dejo de existir mis mas sentidos pesames a su familia y gracias a ti Ramiro por traernos las noticias de lo que pasa en la honda tejana."
Saludos
Jorge Huitz
Houston Texas 'Tejano por siempre'

**Thanks to Tammy, Jumpin' Jess, Gilbert, and other DJs for all thir help in this news story.

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