As momentum builds for the Anglers for Access event Oct. 19 at Del Rio and Lake Amistad, a tragic twist has been added.
Jimmy Johnson, a B.A.S.S. tournament angler from Ganado, Texas, was murdered Sunday, Oct. 13, in Jackson, Miss., during an attempt to burglarize his boat.
“The event is moving forward as planned, on the assumption that no deal (to re-open portions of the federal government now closed) will be made,” said Tim Cook, one of the organizers for the event designed to help Del Rio businesses that are suffering because the National Park Service has closed access to Amistad.
But, he added, if politicians in Washington,D.C. do experience temporary sanity and reach an agreement, then participants in the rally will be invited to participate in a tournament to benefit Johnson’s family.
“We are working with the park service in that event so that we may have an event,” Cook said.
And Cook has set up an online contribution site.