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Pancho Billa's family plans memorial near New Era Field one day before the Bills home opener

Posted: 3:11 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 15:11:18-04
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — The family of Buffalo Bills superfan Ezra Castro, known as Pancho Billa, will hold a memorial near New Era Field a day before the Bills season opener.

The family made the announcement on Pancho Billa's Twitter account Monday.

"As home opener approaches Red Pinto tailgate & our family invite you all to come to Hammer's lot to celebrate Ezra Pancho Billa's life," announced in a Twitter post. "Kids & I are beyond excited to see all our #BillsMafia family. I especially want to give you all my gratitude & appreciation."

Castro died after fighting stage four cancer in May.

He was originally from El Paso, Texas and eventually moved to Dallas. Castro had no connection to Western New York but was considered one of the biggest Bills fans.

Fans donated more than $100,000 to The Teachers Desk in honor of Pancho Billa. The organization teamed up with 26shirts to put together thousands of backpacks for Western New York children. For every $10 donation , The Teachers Desk were able to put together a backpack with $100 worth of school supplies.

The memorial will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 4170 Abbott Road Saturday, September 21.