Houston McCoy, the man who ended the University of Texas Tower Sniper's killing spree with two shotgun rounds on August 1, 1966, was honored today in the San Saba Presidio, just outside his hometown of Menard, Texas.
Here you see the APD honor guard carrying his casket. (This was a ceremonial "burial" at the Presidio. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered along the San Saba.) Many honors were given to Houston -- APD Chief Art Acevedo gave a magnificent eulogy at the First Baptist Church in Menard as did his fellow officers Phillip Conner and Milton Shoquist
(who were also on top of the Tower that day). His valiant daughter
Monika McCoy who has fought for years to give her pop the honor he
deserved, also spoke as did Beverly Jean Speed, whose APD officer
husband Billy Paul Speed was killed that fateful day.
At the Presidio,
there was a "missing man formation" flyover, a riderless horse from APD,
the APD bagpipes corps with a lone piper walking off at the end playing
"Amazing Grace," rifle volleys and "Taps" played by two trumpets in
harmony. At the end of the ceremonies, about twenty balloons were set
free to symbolize Houston's love of flying. It was moving to see those
balloons soaring up in the gray west Texas sky as the bagpipers played.
His ashes will be scattered on the banks of the San Saba River near the
area where he grew up. At least forty APD officers, including many