Nicholas Antonio Benavides, 20, our beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend, entered into the glory of his eternal life on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas surrounded by his loving family.
Nico, as he was affectionately known to all, was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He had been a lifetime resident of Brownsville, having grown up here. He was a graduate of James Pace High School Class of 2010. Nico enjoyed going fishing but his true passion was playing basketball. Nico enjoyed cheering for his favorite team the Miami Heat. Nico had an awesome sense of humor as well as a big heart. Even in death, Nico will help countless others who will receive the gift of life through the organs and tissue that he donated. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to his family and friends. Nico was greatly loved and will be profoundly missed by all those fortunate to have known him.
Nico is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Esperanza Mendez his paternal grandmother, Mary Helen Benavides and his maternal uncle, Roberto Mendez Jr.
Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of Nico are his mother and stepfather: Monica Iris and Rudy Buitureira his older brother: Ricardo Rico Benavidez III and his fiance Amy Sanchez his two younger sisters: Bryanna and Bianca Buitureira his father, Ricardo Benavides Jr. his nephew Brandon Benavidez and the nephew thats on the way who will carry his name: Bradley Nico Benavidez. Nico will also be missed by his maternal grandfather, Roberto Mendez, his paternal stepgrandparents, Fulgencio and Maria Elena Buitureira his maternal aunts and uncles: Margie Felipe Beltran, David Mendez, Yvette Juan Rey, and Cesar Nancy Mendez his cousins: Bobby and Vanessa Beltran, Erica and Ashley Mendez, Miguel and Monique Rey, Alejandra and Carolina Mendez and his cousin who is on the way: Cesar Daniel Mendez and numerous other relatives, extended family members, and a multitude of friends.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in the East Chapel at DarlingMouser Funeral Home with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at St. Josephs Catholic Church, 555 W. St. Francis St. Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Ricardo Rico Benavidez III, Cesar Mendez, Felipe Beltran, Juan Rey, Miguel Rey, Roberto Bobby Beltran, and Mark Guerrero are honored to be serving as Nicos pallbearers.
David Mendez, Coach Larry Gibson, Joseph Martinez, Israel Garcia Jr. Chicken Little, Alan Perez, Javier Rivera Jr., Javier Ojeda, Michael Putzel, Matthew Putzel, Javi Guero Villarreal II, Edward Casares, Alex Robertson, Alex Quiroga, Steven Almazan, Michael Campbell, Sal Villapando Jr., Shane Rhode, Mac Gonzalez, Joel Vigil, Ruben Castro, and Jaime Figueroa will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Nicos love of basketball, the family is requesting that memorial gifts in Nicos name be made to his mother, Monica I. Buitureira, to help Nicos team, the Ballaholics, with the expenses for the upcoming city league basketball season. To further celebrate Nicos life, we ask that for those of you attending the funeral service, please wear the colors for the Miami Heat red, black, and white.
R.I.P nico you will be missed never forgotten watch over your family they need you too we love and miss you nico
Samantha Guzmanlaguna vista, TX
May God give you the strenght to get through this difficult time and know that Jesus Christ has Nico in his Kingdom. God Bless each and everyone of you.
Minerva Penabrownsville, TX
RIP Nico .....You are now walking the streets of gold with the Lord above ..You will be missed by everyone ...You were my kids cousin and they will miss you alot ..Monica and Rudy and kids I hope GOD gives you the strength to keep going ...Sorry for your loss love you guys
Dina BetancourtBrownsvillr, TX
So sorry to hear the loss of your son. My condolences to you and your family and may the good Lord give you strength to go on in these difficult times.
Norma Barrera ValenzuelaGeorgetown, TX
You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you cant see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdays,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he would want :
smile, open your eyes, love and go on
Our deepest sympathies and we are praying for him and for your family.
George and Stella Crafts, TX
hi Monica....I heard about your son.....Im deeply sorry...ive been thinking about him for while now... you and your family will be in my prayers .....stay strong...take care...
Mary Nelda Garza Liendobrownsville tx, TX
We send our deepest condolencens and prayers your way for the loss of Nico. He will forever be a part of our childhood memories. Hell be looking over us from a better place.
Enrique and Gigi SaldanaAustin, TX
We are so sorry for your loss.May our Father in Heaven be with you and your family at this time in your lives to comfort and guide you.
Lucio Diana EscamillaBrownsville, TX
My deepest condolences. May the power of the Holy Spirit always be with you all. Stay strong and God Bless
Joe Anzaldua, IVBrownsville, TX
May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.Our sincere condolence.
Leo and Nora PompaBrownsville, TX
I have great memories of Nico playing on our Little League baseball team. He did love basketball. I would see him play with my son Tad in the city league and he would come to the First Baptist School gym and play on Thursday nights. My prayers are with the family. Victor Landin
Victor LandinBrownsville, TX
We are deeply saddened by your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the recent loss of your dear loved one. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May the God of comfort be with you in this time of sorrow. May these words bring you hope, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4 This promise will be fulfilled one day, until then, may all your memories sustain you in the days to come.
Nico will remain in our hearts for ever. even his name was close to his passion N.A.b dam close to NBA we know god is waiting for this allstar up in heaven, rudy,monica, rico our thoughts and prayers are with you
sal villalpandobrownsville, TX
We would like to take this time to send Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God continue to help you through this difficult time and know that you and your family will remain in our prayers. GOD BLESS
The Garza Family
Pete and Wendy GarzaBrownsville, TX
Mi mas sincero psame para usted Seora Mnica .se qu no hay palabras para mitigar su dolor. Pero como dice la palabra de Dios el solo esta durmiendo y un da lo volver a ver.hermosa promesa. Con mucho amor y cario . Sea. Valencia gracias por siempre ser un gran ser humano Nico fue buen hijo , hermano y todo lo maravilloso que fue por tener una hermosa y humana madre. Dios la bendiga Mnica .
My dearest Monica and family, my heart is torn by the loss of your young son. The good Lord knows how much I wanted this not to be so. We will never come to understand why things happen they way they do, we can only hope that Gods plan will reunite us with our loved ones one day. Today I pray that God give you strength, comfort and peace. May God bless you and your family. with all my love, Blanca
BLANCA HINOJOSABrownsville, TX
Dear Rick and Monica. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. We are deeply saddened by this tragic event. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Manuel LozanoBrownsville, TX
I just wanted to say Im sorry for your loss. I was really looking foward to playing with your son this upcoming season.I enjoyed the tournaments we played in together and had a lot of respect for his game, he was one of the few players that could wow me in the league. and I know hes in a great place next to god now. God bless your family. He was a great kid.
Jaime SanMiguelBrownsville, TX
My sincere condolences to the families, always heard very proud and wonderful stories of Nico from Rudy when car shopping. May Gods peace cradle your family.
Christina Brooks De Los SantosChicago, IL
May God give his family and friends the strength to cope with such a tragedy..... May God bless u all
Norma vazquezSan benito, TX
My heart and prayer go out to Nicholas Antonio Benavidess family. God Bless the Benavides family . Sylvia
Sylvia De Los SantosSan Benito, TX
MY deepest condolences to the family ...
Nancy MartinezPort Isabel, TX
My condolences to all the family on the greatest loss ever : May God give uall the strength to move forward. My prayers are with you all. God Bless and R.I.P. Nico.
Hilda LopezSebastian, TX
God bless your families...
Rick EspinosaMcAllen, TX
Im so very sorry for your loss Monica and Rudy. My entire heart is aches for you Monica. Will be praying for you. Doobie and Rene
Doobie ParkinBrownsville, TX
My deepest condolences to your family. May God give your family the strength and love to get through your time of need. To Bryanna I am so sadden to hear about your loss. I know how much you loved your brother and now you will have a special angel watching over you. May God Bless your family.
Monica SanchezBrownsville, TX
Rico, havent seen you since grade school I heard about your loss, may God give you comfort in this time of need.
Dominick DavalosHarlingen, TX
Monica, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need.
Cynthia Van CiseMontgomeryHarlingen, TX
i love you and miss you
Briana Barrera, TX
Because Of You
Because you picked me up,
when I struggled to get through.
Because you healed my heart,
when it was thrown and shattered.
Because you gave me hope,
when it seemed so out of reach.
Because you filled me with peace,
when chaos flowed through my veins.
Because you showed me the light,
when there was only darkness.
Because you gave me comfort,
when my voice cried out in pain.
Because you reassured me,
when the doubts screamed in my head.
Because you kept me going,
when there seemed nowhere to go.
Because you sustained me with strength,
when weakness became all I knew.
Because you came and stayed,
when everyone else turned around and left.
Because you gave me a purpose,
when life seemed so pointless.
Because you restored my happiness,
when life seemed to snatch it away.
Because you filled this emptiness,
when the void echoed with loneliness.
Because you helped me let it all go,
when I gripped the tightest to hold on.
Because you showed me the beauty of life,
when the world showed me nothing but hate and corruption.
Because you gave me a better life,
when the old one fought to come back.
Because I am nothing without you,
nothing but a hopeless being.
Because only You could tear down my wall of pride,
and instead build it back up with love and humbleness.
Because of all this,
I give you my life Lord.
I will put all my fears and failures in Your hands,
my worries that consume me, my pain that destroys me.
You were always there, even when I rejected You.
Because of all You are, my life, oh God, is yours..
For Nico, Amazing young man, whom his Family Friends Hold Dear.
Martha StraderMcallen, TX
I didnt know this young man, but do know Rico and Amy and Rudy is my husbands first cousin. It is such a tragedy to lose a loved one especially in a tragic accident like this one and at such a young age. I cant even imagine the pain this poor mom and family are going through. May the Lord give you the peace and comfort that you need at a time like this. God Bless you
Irene BuitureidaBrownsville, TX
My condolences to the family of Nico. My prayers will be with you always. Take care and be strong.
Janie AnzalduaBrowsnville, TX