Funeral Held For Greenville Boy

WILLS POINT (CBSDFW.COM) – Mourners filled an East Texas funeral home to say goodbye to a two-year-old boy who authorities say died after being whipped with a belt.

Eddie Herrera walked behind a child size coffin carrying his 2-year-old son Brandon.  It’s the latest gut wrenching image from East Texas where the boy’s death has devastated a family and outraged complete strangers.

“He was just an outgoing little boy,” says Gracelia Gonzalez, Brandon’s Aunt.

A little boy who we now know had a life of struggle behind the smile.  Family members say Brandon had special needs and a prosthetic leg.  It makes details of his death allegedly at the hands of a couple caring for him even harder for his relatives to accept.  “The Texas justice system has failed my brother,” says Zachary Adams, a family friend.

While mourners released their emotions during a memorial service for Brandon in Wills Point, Gabriela Ortiz and Arturo Vega sat in the Hunt County Jail charged with Capital Murder.  Ortiz is accused of hitting Brandon in the face while Vega reportedly confessed to striking him at least ten times with a belt because the boy wouldn’t stop crying.

The two appeared for a judge on Wednesday in bullet proof vests and have received threats.  “I wish there was a stiffer penalty for people who do things to kids like that, good thing they’re in protective custody they better hope that they never get out,” says Russell Gleghorn, a family friend.

Relatives of Eddie Herrera say Brandon’s mother should face criminal charges for leaving the child to stay with the couple instead of his father.  “I’m very angry, my family is very angry, and what we’re asking for is all the help we can get from everybody to get these people behind bars all three,” says Gonzales.

Brandon’s mother didn’t attend her son’s funeral.  Those who did say they will be haunted by photos that are all that remain of the two-year-old’s life.  “Those big eyes those big blue eyes they just popped out everytime I close my eyes I see his face,” says Gonzales.

Brandon was buried on the ranch of a family friend in Van Zandt County.

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  1. C Bauer says:

    The people who did this should be burned alive, extinguished just before passing out, then fed to hungry feral hogs.

  2. The Shiv says:

    People who do this to children are frequently attacked and killed in prison. If you’ve ever seen video or pictures of a prison shanking, there is literally blood covering the walls from all the arterial spray, it’s running down the floor drain, etc. Several mops and buckets are needed to clean it up.

    They’re going to wish they had been burned alive and fed to hogs.

  3. Gumby Rules says:

    “Ortiz is accused of hitting Brandon in the face while Vega reportedly confessed to striking him at least ten times with a belt because the boy wouldn’t stop crying.”

    +++++++++++++++++++=

    Didn’t it ever occur to these idiots that this little fellow may stop crying if the beating stopped?
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    Such a sad ending for this little guy.

  4. Justice For Brandon says:

    You need to change the headline of the story to read, “Funeral Held For Greenville Boy As Mother Sits In Jail”

    That c-nt is no “mom”. Just like the saying goes with dads, it also applies to moms. Anyone can be a mother – it takes a special lady to be a mom.

    1. Todd says:

      For one it wasn’t the mother or father who killed him.It was the people he was staying with that killed him.

  5. Todd says:

    Funeral Held For Greenville Boy As Mom Sits In Jail? The mother isn’t in jail and she isn’t the one who killed this boy.

  6. Sad says:

    Murderous Gabby Ortiz is actually Eddie Herrera’s 1st cousin!
    Not sure there is any record of Eddie trying to get custody, as that would have presented back child support. The mother chose to exit that situation for a reason. The system did not fail little Brandon, his mother and father did. His mother had a safe haven to take that baby, but instead took him from a very bad situation to very very worse. No maternal insticts there!
    If Eddie would have actually sought custody, little Brandon would still be with us.

    1. Zacchary Adams says:

      for 1 eddie did and has tried for a whilr to get coustdy of my nephew he was paying his child surport the mother in texas has more rights than the father cps had been calld on her numores times and they dropt the case becase they couldnt find her she mooved around so much that she never was able 2 get the babbys inshurance card and cps never thought to tell ous any of this tillit was tooooo late so ye texas the mother and the two all have a part in my nephews death!!!

  7. zachary adams says:

    JUSTICE FOR BRANDON ALEXANDER HERRERA AUGUST 6, 2008 TO JULY 17, 2011

    BRANDON IS A 2 YEAR OLD CHILD FAILED BY HIS MOTHER AND THE COURTS WHEN HIS MOTHER WAS ALLOWED TO KEEP CUSTODY OF HIM. SHE WOULD LEAVE HIM WITH ANYONE WHO WOU…

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