Posted: Jan 2, 2013 7:37 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Jan 2, 2013 11:26 PM
BEEVILLE - Family and friends of 13 year old Joe Andy Cardenas are mourning his death after he was accidentally shot in the head back on Saturday on Moore Drive in Beeville.
Lila Hill has known Joe Andy Cardenas and his family for several years.
"His mother was my best friend. And she passed away also."
After Joe's father went back to Mexico, Lila watched over the little guy until he found his new home with other family members 2 and a half years ago.
"He was a a real lovable kid. Still had his whole life ahead of him. He's going to be missed," Lila said.
Lila says Joe loved wrestling and playing video games and he often spent time playing with her 9 year old daughter, Sadie out in the yard. The two would ride bikes together.
I'm told little Joe Cardenas and two of his friends were shooting a 22 rifle at that trash pile, back behind a house, when something went wrong.
Lila says she remembers hearing the gunshots, but didn't think anything of it, that is until emergency sirens, screamed past her house.
"We didn't know that an incident had happened, until the Sheriff's Department came around the corner with the lights and the ambulance showed up. And later on we found out that it was him," Hill said.
There's still no word on why the gun went off, but I'm told the bullet hit Joe in the head, he was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. And now, Lila and her family are worried to go outside when shots are being fired down the street.
"My grandmother, she's scared to go out there and hang clothes because they're always shooting and there might be a bullet lost and it might hit her," said Lila.
Cardenas was an organ donor and family members told me that already, 4 lives have been saved due to his sacrifice.
"That's amazing to me. They were blessed, as well as him being blessed, going to heaven. His legend will be ongoing."
But there is still a little girl on Moore Drive who misses her friend.
I asked Sadie, "If he were here right now, is there something you would want to tell him? What would you tell him?"
She responded, "I would tell him I love him."
A rosary for Joe Cardenas was held Wednesday at 7:30. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday morning.
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