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Enrique Pérez-Banuet Torres, 27, of Springfield Missouri, passed away unexpectedly and met the Lord’s loving embrace on February 27th, 2022. Enrique was born on August 13th 1994 in the Federal District of México City, México, to Mónica Torres Jiménez and Ángel Cayetano Pérez Banuet Zamora. When Enrique was born he had his umbilical cord around his neck and was revived by the hospital staff. Enrique was born as the youngest of three children. He has a sister, Paulina, who is 8 years older and a brother, Ángel, who is 1 year and 15 days older.
In his early years he was a handsome, easy going baby. He quickly began sleeping through the night and walked by the age of one with no crawling experience! Enrique was whip smart and picked up new skills with ease. At the age of 3 he moved to Guadalajara, México, where he found his love for being around the water and spent much of his time swimming, playing sports and parkouring with his brother. He was a very active, playful and curious child. Enrique was a fearless child, he spent a lot of his time climbing trees and buildings even the one’s he wasn’t supposed to.
When Enrique began going to school he loved helping the other kids around him. If he saw a child struggling to complete a task he was always happy to teach them. His compassion did not go unnoticed, the school he was attending created an award to honor him yearly for his humility and kindness. At the age of 5 he began to learn English and was fluently bilingual by the age of 7. It was around the age of 4 that Enrique began to engage his love of music and dancing. He loved coming home and dancing to wind down with his family after school and work. In the Fifth grade he was even offered a scholarship to an international academy for professional dancing but ultimately declined so he could focus on his general education.
In 2008 at the age of 14, Enrique left his life in México behind and moved to Sussex, Wisconsin. From the moment he got to Sussex, he was a people mover. He brought the neighborhood he lived in together and made many friends doing so. Enrique was a patient and kind hearted young man who was always happy to share his knowledge with those around him. In 2014 he earned his GED.He loved to hangout with his friends and family. In Sussex, Enrique gained a bonus dad: Steven Robb, whom he loved and looked up to. Enrique lit up every room he walked into with his contagious laugh and smile. He has been known to all of us as a selfless and ever giving force of nature who could heal any heart he saw broken.
In 2014 at 20 years old he moved to Missouri with his mom and Steve to help his Missourian family. About a month after he got to Missouri one of his family members was in a motorcycle accident and without hesitation he volunteered to move in with them and help him recover, coming back to Wheatland in 2016. In 2018 he moved to Springfield where he spent the rest of his life working hard to achieve his dreams. There, he met his fiance Ciera and her son Gabe in July of 2021. He always acted as a loving and nurturing father figure to Gabe and aspired to have more kids later in life. Enrique was always a family man, being so close in age with his brother, the two of them were always getting into trouble and when they were with their sister the three of them were inseparable and fun. He loved his mom and siblings very much and would do anything to protect and help them. Anytime he got money he would always give it to his mom to help her out. Anytime his siblings were in trouble he was the first to help no matter the consequence.
Enrique was a servant of God and loved Jesus like no other; he always wore his heart on his sleeve and was ready to help those around him. When he was 3 years old he noticed a little girl being cold outside of church and gave her his coat even though it was the only one he had. His mom later asked him why he did that and he said that she looked like she needed it more than him.He loved attending church and growing his faith with his family close by. As a child Enrique dreamed of becoming a priest when he grew up. He wanted to study to become a Real Estate Broker though he was a relentless worker and the most charismatic man in any room. He worked many jobs over the years he worked for Pick ‘N’ Save, Toyota, All About rock, Rains Ice house, United Polly and Mid-Metal. When Enrique wasn’t busy working he could be found spending time with his friends and family, skateboarding, playing guitar, Singing, playing video games or fishing. Enrique had a passion for life well beyond the bounds of his own agenda. He was a brave, strong, creative and outgoing soul that was full of love and light. He was an absolute pleasure to be around and people all over the world are mourning from this loss. His memory will live on forever in the memories he’s helped create. Although his time here on earth was short, we all rejoice knowing he’s joined the Lord’s choir and shines his light on us daily.
He is preceded in death by: step uncle, Jeremy Sullivan; step grandfather, Kenneth Robb; maternal grandfather, Héctor Torres Serrato; paternal grandfather, Enrique Pérez-Banuet Seguín and paternal grandmother, María de los Ángeles Zamora Vivanco. Survivors include: maternal grandmother, María de Jesús Jiménez González; father, Ángel Cayetano Pérez Banuet Zamora; mother, Mónica Torres Jiménez; step father, Steven Robb; brother, Ángel Pérez-Banuet Torres; sister and her husband, Paulina & Arturo Perez Banuet Torres de Sanchez; niece, Emma Sofía Sánchez Pérez Banuet; step brother and his wife, Joseph & Jamie Robb and step sister and her husband, Harley &Tyler Trittle. Enrique is also survived by countless of others including a huge family and many friends.
A visitation will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, March, 14th, 2022 at Lifquest Church, 1400 N Scott Belton, MO 64012. Funeral services will begin at 10:45 AM with graveside services following at Mt Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri. After the service there will be a meal shared at Lifequest church, all are welcome! In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to LGBTQ Shelter for youth, Enrique always showed great empathy for those that didn’t have a place to call home. Or Choose2live; Choose2Live uses donations to support people in crisis and get them to proper facilities so they can get the care they need. We would like to thank Choose to Live and NAMI for their support and time speaking at the service.
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