Family and friends are still in shock three days after a tragic accident took the lives of Jesse Maldonado, his daughter Jocelyn and her mother Erica Ysasaga. Priscilla remains in the hospital with serious injuries.
"My emotions are all over the place, it just seemed unreal," said Jesse's younger sister Kimberly Maldonado.
"It's too much at one time," said Jesse's Cousin Samuel Alvarado III. "One death alone is hard but when you have three it makes it really tough. Jesse was a real family-oriented man. Everything was his girls."
Alvarado and Kimberly Maldonado said Jesse would do anything for his daughters. This past Christmas he went out of his way to make sure his youngest daughter had a tablet to play with so she wouldn't have to borrow from her cousins.
"It was just a big, happy family. They were too young for this to happen to them," Alvarado said.
Kimberly Maldonado says the love of family extended to Jesse's kids.
"Priscilla was a good big sister," Kimberly said. "She always took care of Jocelyn and watched out for her. She took her into the bathroom when she needed to go or got her something to eat or drink."
"Priscilla just had the biggest smile in the world," Alvarado said. "You could see it a mile away and Jocelyn, she would give you this mean-looking face. She was so cute when she would do it."
Each girl had a unique personality.
"Jocelyn had to be called princess, she was my princess," Kimberly said. "I'd have to call her princess Jocelyn. She loved Minnie Mouse and Priscilla she loved Monster High. She loved to put on makeup with my daughter. They would have little dress up parties."
Priscilla is still in the hospital with serious injuries. The family has started making funeral arrangements, and a fund has been established. If you would like to help, you can go to any Plains Capital Bank location in Lubbock to donate. Ask for the Maldonado/Ysasaga family memorial fund.
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