A pitch for Beto: Gadsden remembers fallen teammate

El Paso News

The family of the 16-year-old Gadsden High School sophomore killed in a hit-and-run on Wednesday was honored with a ceremony during Friday evening’s baseball game. 

Adalberto “Beto” Romero was killed when 21-year-old Oscar Anchondo allegedly ran him over as he was getting into his car to go to school at Aero Lane and Pico, according to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office. 

During the Gadsden versus Alamogordo game, the Romero family was presented with gifts from both teams. Romero’s father, who Beto is named after, threw the first pitch. 

“It is really sad to be out here and not see your kid on the field its painful,” said Romero. “Its a sadness that you can’t describe, but I’m grateful cause we have the support of family and friends and that just makes us stronger.”

Beto’s dad was also given his son’s #2 jersey, which he wore while throwing the first pitch. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses. 

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