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Ricky Saxton charity softball tournament remembers man while helping others

Ricky Saxton (Source: Family) Ricky Saxton (Source: Family)
YAZOO CITY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A softball tournament in Yazoo City remembers the life of a murder victim while raising money for the community.

The event is held in honor of Ricky Saxton killed two and a half years ago.

The crack of the bat and fun atmosphere of this coed softball tournament in Yazoo City helps replace the painful memories of the murder of wrecker company owner Ricky Saxton.

This event is hosted by his family to give back to the community.

"We do it number one to remember my dad because he was amazing and he loved softball and he loved people," said daughter Stacey Milner.

According to authorities, in November of 2013 Saxton was robbed and shot in Yazoo County when he went to see someone who claimed to have a car for sale.

Investigators said the 57-year-old met Johnny Mack Brown who they say confessed to shooting Saxton in the head and robbing him of $650.00.

"Over the last year it has given God an amazing opportunity to show us that he can do something amazing through something that has broken our hearts," added Milner.

The tournament also allows family and friends to pay tribute to the man they call selfless and generous who loved the outdoors and others.

"We'd go off fishing and everything down in Louisiana just had a great time with him and he kept everybody in stitches the whole time. That's the kind of guy he was, just fun to be around. We miss him a lot," said uncle Kenny Saxton.

His uncle Robie Saxton recalls his amazing golf game.

"I've never had a hole in one playing golf, but he had seven, seven. We were with him most of the time."

Organizers say the money raised from the third annual Ricky Saxton Memorial Softball Tournament will benefit those facing hard times.

Jay Milner was Saxton's next door neighbor and said he would call on him often for help.

He describes his neighbor as having that giving spirit until the end.

"He just wouldn't turn down nobody if he thought they really need help. No matter whether it was his last dollar or not. He'd give you the shirt off his back and he was like that to the day he died," said Milner.

Tickets and concessions sales were a part of the proceeds.

"Giving every penny back to help those that are going through tough times. Man that's what he lived for," said Stacey Milner. "We were able to adopt several families at Christmas and if he didn't want anything else he was gonna make sure kids did not do without Christmas".

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