FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — The family, friends and community will gather Aug. 23 to remember a teenager who died after an 21-year-old allegedly shot him.
A memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Burnet High School auditorium for 17-year-old Elijah Adam Benson.
On Aug. 19, Burnet County deputies responded to a report of welfare concern at a residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 just after 6 a.m. But on the way they were told that there were two dead males at the location.
Upon arrival, deputies found the bodies of Benson and Travis Leslie Fox, 26. Investigators charged Garrett James Ballard, 21, with capital murder of multiple persons after he allegedly gunned the two men down following the use of a hallucinogenic drug.
Burnet County deputies booked Ballard into the Burnet County Jail where he is still being held. The BCSO, Texas Rangers, Burnet Police Department and Texas DPS Crime Lab are continuing to investigate the two men’s deaths.
Benson, a Burnet High School student and member of the BHS Bulldog band, had just celebrated his birthday Aug. 18.
Along with his band activities, Benson was a member of the BETC (the high school varsity theater company) and enjoyed playing his guitar and writing music.
He is survived by his mother Benae Hickman and her husband Mike Hickman of Burnet, his father John David Benson of Troup, his sister Sarah Benson of Burnet, his girlfriend Chasity Reyes of Burnet, grandmother Mary Elaine Benson of Dickinson, grandparents James and Sue Hickman of Comanche, aunt and uncle Rick and Bobbi Benson, uncle Troy Long, and aunt and uncle Amanda and Harold Higginbotham as well as numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Kyle Byrd, Doug Lindley, Rodney McGee, C.J. Weisinger and Brandon Byrd will officiate the service. PS 150 is providing the music.
The BHS auditorium is located at 1000 The Green Mile in Burnet.