Balloon release

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Watching the names scroll across his mother’s phone of those killed during the Las Vegas shooting Oct. 1, Levi Goodwin wanted to reach out to the victims families.

Levi, a kindergarten student at Yoakum Primary Annex, immediately decided he wanted to release balloons for each of the 59 people who lost their lives that night.

“I was watching the slide showing that was showing everybody’s name,” Amy Berry, Levi’s mom, recalled. “He asked,” Who are all those people and what happened?” That’s really sad they had to go to Heaven early. We should do something.”

“I said let’s release balloons,” Levi said with his contagious smile. “Their mommies and daddies are sad.”

Levi has taken part in a balloon release once before, following the death of his mother’s friend in a car crash. They also sent cards to Chattanooga in 2015 for the families of victims of another shooting.

“He wanted to give the mommies and daddies cards, because their babies are gone,” Berry said.

Berry also wants to do it for those recovering from this tragedy.

“My heart breaks for the one’s that are gone but also for the one’s having to recover,” Berry said.

She added, “It seems like every time something unfortunate like this happens, he gets sad and wants to help. That’s just him. If he sees somebody sad, he gives them a hug. He has one of the biggest hearts I know.”

The balloon release is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. on Highway 183 toward Goliad off Skyline Drive at the Scenic Overlook. 

“We’re trying to get as many people as we can [to help],” Berry said. “He wants everybody to help.”

For anyone interested in participating, they may contact Berry at

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