LAKE CONROE, Texas— A family is grieving a Texas Tech baseball player who died after jumping into Lake Conroe on July 4.
Elliot Richoux, 21, was celebrating the 4th of July holiday with his family and friends at his parents’ house in Walden. Richoux jumped in the lake from their back dock. The water was only 4-feet deep. Richoux’s friends jumped in after him and tried to find him.
His body surfaced 30 minutes later.
“There is no greater love than a mother’s love. I gave him my heart and he gave it back. We never missed an opportunity to say, ‘I love you,’” said Deborah Richoux Hamm, his mother.
“I grew up playing baseball with him. He was a ball of energy always ready to have fun,” said Dustin Haines, his best friend.
Richoux was a star. He played 25 games with Texas Tech in 2013.
“He played catcher, he played first base, he excelled at being the catcher. He loved taking the field. When he took the field, it was his. He owned it. My son was a home run hitter, he hit ten home runs his junior year and he matched the home run record of 12 his senior year,” said Hamm.
His family knew he was a star since he was 7 years old.
“These are four home runs he hit, for Howard Junior College” said Hamm.
Richoux was a three year letterman at Woodlands High school. He earned all state honors as a senior. Soon enough, the major leagues were trying to draft him.
“His senior year, he had six major league baseball teams interested in drafting him. His pride and joy was the Red Sox,” said Hamm.
The only pride and joy they have now is memories and the love they have for Richoux.
“He had always been telling me to be fearless, and to follow my dreams and that’s all I’m going to do for him,” said Celby Richaux, his sister.
Funeral arrangements have been set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Cross Roads Baptists Church. The family is asking friends not to send flowers. Instead, they are starting a foundation in honor of their loved one. Details to come.