Hundreds of mourners packed the chapel of Houston’s Second Baptist Church Monday to pay their respects to Darryl Hamilton, the former major leaguer shot to death on Father’s Day by his ex-girlfriend, Monica Jordan.
According to a source who attended the service, Hamilton’s former Giants manager, Dusty Baker, gave a eulogy for the enormously popular Hamilton. Darryl’s older brother, John, who was also his agent, and four of Hamilton’s close friends spoke at the two-hour service as well.
“There were two friends from Baton Rouge (where Darryl was born) who talked about his high school days, how Darryl was such a good dresser, how he was the star athlete, and how they looked up to him,” said the person who attended the service. “The other two friends were from Houston. Dusty talked about baseball, how Darryl’s nickname evolved from ‘Ham’ to ‘Ham-Bone’ to ‘Bone,’ and what a great player Darryl was. Dusty spoke about how (Hamilton) was able to get under players’ skin and use that to his advantage, but how he had a light heartedness, and how everybody in the clubhouse liked him.”
John Hamilton, the source said, talked about “what a good brother and friend” Darryl was. Prior to the service, there was a visitation early Monday morning.
Darryl Hamilton’s three children attended the service. He had two older sons, Donovan and Julian, with his ex-wife, Ursaline Hamilton, and a 14-month-old son, Jaxon, with Jordan. Hamilton was returning Jaxon to his mother’s upscale Houston-area home after a Father’s Day visit when she shot Hamilton multiple times before killing herself, according to Pearland police. The child was unharmed during the murder-suicide.
Mourners gather to remember the life of ex-major league player Darryl Hamilton.
Several of those who attended the service posted photos of the program, which featured the former Met outfielder’s photo on the cover, his trademark smile beaming. On the bottom half of the program was the Bible passage from Revelation 21:4 — “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
“Beautiful service for @dham18 Perfectly & eloquently said,” tweeted one mourner, Anne Latour, who also posted an old photo of her and Hamilton (@dham18 was Hamilton’s Twitter account).
Another mourner, who identifies himself as K Dubb on Twitter, wrote: “Rest in Love @dham18 you will truly be missed by so many…”
According to a Pearland Police spokesman, there are no updates to the investigation into the murder-suicide, but the probe has not been officially closed.
Darryl Hamilton is killed on Father’s Day in a murder-suicide.
“I don’t anticipate anything further,” the spokesman said.
Hamilton’s and Jordan’s bodies were transported to the Galveston County Medical Examiner, and a spokesman at that office said Jordan’s body had been released, but that there were no further details on any funeral arrangements.
The source who attended Monday’s service said that a second, private service for Hamilton will be held in his hometown of Baton Rouge Tuesday at the Greater Green Chapel. During Monday’s service, many of Hamilton’s older sons’ Little League teammates and opponents came dressed in baseball uniforms with “D-Ham” stitched on the jerseys.
“It was really something,” the source said of the service.
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