Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX


Michael Cirilo Jr.

December 20, 1987January 8, 2020
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Funeral Service for Michael Cirilo, Jr., 32, of Killeen, will be 2:00 PM Wednesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Michael was born December 20, 1987 at Ft. Hood, Texas and passed away January 8, 2020 in Killeen. Visitation will be 12:00-2:00 PM Wednesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove which is in charge of the arrangements.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Michael Cirilo Jr.

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Cindy Padier

January 19, 2020

Im gonna remember Mike as the selfless person he truly was. Im gonna miss his humor. Heaven has gained another Angel and i know for sure he is the leader of the pack. May god give all the family and friends strenght in these trying times. Prayers for all.

Pam S

January 14, 2020

I don't know where to start..The happiness you brought into my life is something I will always love you for. You were the most protective person I have ever met. You always had my back, no matter what. You always made sure I am ok, always made sure I eat or take my medicine...The way you were talking about your children made my heart melt every time. I will forever miss you, your laugh, your smile, your jokes, your super tight hugs and your kisses on the forehead.
I'm grateful for our memories together. I don't know if I will ever be able to move past this heartbreak.

Until we meet again...
I love you Teddy

Nae (1st lady of royal familia Jackson

January 14, 2020

You were like a big brother to me you were my big brother u always kept me safe and made sure I made it home even if u had to drive me you had a heart of gold and ur job was to take care of us we been in this club tight since day one because we knew eachother since we were young sooo u always made sure I was good we told eachother I love u everytime we left eachother sight and I appreciate that u said it sooo many times to me that I will never forget it when we fought u always made sure we made up right away even if u had to be the bigger person I just will never be ok with this loss

Ebony Griffith

January 14, 2020

This was a big shock to me. You were a great leader. You taught me a lot at teleperformance. Just seeing you around in town always speak and a hug... Just goin miss hear you say Ebony and Tai get out of AWC. lol you was Kool person inside and out ..Killeen going Miss you....


January 12, 2020

I first meet Trill when they came to Dallas to present me with my PRESIDENT vest. He never left my side the rest of they day. He is the best SAA i have ever seen. When we came to Killeen he taught me all the ends and outs of what to do and what not to do around other clubs. He was making sure i was going to be safe. Thank you. Im going to miss you bro.

Christopher Damore

January 12, 2020

Mike, I don’t know where to start lol it’s a shock this happened to such a good man with a big heart. The memories we share go as far back as junior high athletics, the good old cove dawg dynasty days. I can remember as far back to running the hallways in socks to avoid getting creases in our shoes lol to the last time I saw you when we had a great time at a car show with our friends. My condolences go out to your family and children. They will always know how special of man their father was. You will be missed old friend, but never forgotten.

Erika West

January 11, 2020

You're one of the best guys I know You are the one that would be there when the world was against you Mike is the guy that makes you laugh, yet can be serious when need be. If he likes you he will have your back 100% . When we where at the barbeque I didn't believe you were from Fairfield. Yea I was Clowning on Alabama but it's all good You're a Texan now lol I remember how happy you were when you and Shaina first got together how HAPPY your whole mood changed, and then when you became a Dad man you lit up. I imagine that was the happiest day. You always had good things to say even on bad days. You will be missed man. You meant so much to so many I know you'll always look out for your babies. Fly high

Shakyra Winn

January 11, 2020

Dear Mike,

The presence you brought to this world will truly be miss. You were always thinking about Maddy & Maverick.Thank you for allowing me to met the best part of you. You are a wonderful daddy. It is heartbreaking to never hear that laugh again or have that shoulder to cry on. Some of our saddest & greatest moments we were side by side and we got through it. The love that I have for you runs very deep. You kept me, our families, and our club safe always. The times where I didnt want to be alone, you were here or I was there with you. I don't know how to move past the heartbreak, but I promise to keep your memory alive until my last days. I love you my brother forever.


Leon Barfield

January 11, 2020

Trill man what can I say. From day one you told me you would protect anyone in RF. Whenever I called you you would answer the call. You will be missed. You were my favorite prospect. Man I miss you

Lisa Edwards

January 10, 2020

From the first time I met you, you were my brother. No matter where you were when I came to Texas you always made sure that I got to see you. I remember you telling me that I can’t date again until you okayed it. I will always love you.



This was just one example of who Michael was and how he impacted those around him. Michael was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Michael wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Michael was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

Michael was born on December 20, 1987 at Darnall Hospital at Ft. Hood, Texas. He was the son of Rosa and Benito Martinez. Michael was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Michael might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Michael was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

Michael was raised with one brother, his older brother, Alejandro Cornell. Michael was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Michael was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Michael well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

As a young boy, Michael was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Michael was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Michael was always willing to take part in any football games. In his spare time he loved watching and playing sports. Michael had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

During his high school years, Michael responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. Michael was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Michael absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Michael, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Michael a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything.

With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Michael was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Michael was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Arthur, Cody, Cory and Justin.

Michael was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Michael, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Cirilo home. Michael's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Michael was blessed with two children: daughter, Madilyn and son Maverick.

Because Michael loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were spending time playing with his kids and watching football. Michael had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Michael's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

Michael derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Michael played football. Michael was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity.

Michael was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Thor, his pitbull mix, was a best friend for 6 years.

Michael Cirilo passed away on January 8, 2020 at Darnall Hospital, Ft. Hood, Texas, from injuries sustained from gun shots. He is survived by his daughter, Madi; son, Maverick; parents, Rosa and Benito; and brother Alejandro. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, Texas.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Michael. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Michael Cirilo for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Michael was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.