Softball tourney raises money for Bohr family

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Play ball and raise money. Those were the goals of a softball tournament held in memory of Casey Bohr, the King William man was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident involving an illegal immigrant.

He was known as "Big Cat" and now, with all players wearing his number, 13, Casey Bohr's former teammates plays for a cause close to their hearts. His parents, Bobbie and John, took time from watching games on four fields to speak with us.

"There's a hole in my chest where my heart used to be," Bobbie said. "I don't know if I'll ever fill it again but this is helping. Just knowing that these people are all here for Casey."

The 23-year-old was taken from them when police say a drunk Feliciano Suarez veered into the wrong lane, sending Bohr's SUV into an embankment. Bohr's mother was in the car with him-she suffered broken bones, a bruised intestine and cuts to her head. She's now wears a sling and is a nervous wreck in a car.

"I can't even describe what it's like to lose a child," she said. "It's just the hardest thing and I don't wish this on anybody."

John Bohr says the overwhelming response to Casey's tournament helps start the healing process.

"He was loved more than we ever knew," he said. "We knew we loved him but we didn't know he had touched this many people."

The idea started with a Facebook page. The organizers tell me within minutes they had volunteers and by Wednesday, less than a week after Casey died, they had signed up all sixteen teams.

The proceeds are pouring in: tournament and derby entry fees, and money from t-shirt sales, a food stand and a silent auction all go to the family.

"When he wasn't on the softball field he was with his family and that's the kind of person he was," said tournament organizer Matt Pierce. "Family first, softball second, but it was a very close second."

Organizers hope to make this an annual event. The Bohrs say they'll try to prevent other families from experiencing their pain by speaking to groups about their tragedy and also possibly go to Washington to talk to legislators about loopholes in the law.

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