Nearly two weeks after the murder of Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood, the Baytown community came together on Saturday to raise money for his family and The 100 Club.
Serving up live music, silent auction items and pound after pound of crawfish, the event at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown was all about honoring the legacy of Deputy Clint Greenwood.
"He was a character. He was loved by everybody. He's going to be truly, truly missed," said Precinct 3 Sgt. Isaac Villareal, who knew Greenwood for about eight years.
The day of celebration had a somber start: a moment of silence to remember Deputy Greenwood and a balloon release.
"He chose to serve the community and it's amazing how the community has come out in support of him and his family," said Precinct 3 Capt. Kirk Bonsal.
Bonsal and Villareal worked with Greenwood, who recruited them from the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
"We had a vision to take the agency forward: best equipment, best training, best practices in law enforcement," Bonsal said.
Deputy Greenwood wouldn't live to see that vision completely fulfilled. Investigators say William Kenny shot and killed Greenwood outside the Baytown courthouse on the morning of April 3.
"It's hard to describe. It's been tragic," Villareal said. "We go to work, we do our job, but it's like we're in another world."
Photos: Baytown community rallies together to benefit Deputy Greenwood's family
Michael Conger helped put Saturday's event together in about a week and a half. He, like Greenwood's coworkers, is surprised and touched by the number of people who turned out.
"To hear the stories about him, I feel like I knew him," Conger said.
Organizers say this year has been such a success that they hope to do it for years to come, calling it the Back the Blue Festival.