Family and friends remember lost loved ones - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/9/09

Family and friends remember lost loved ones

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A family and a local school district remember loved ones lost in Friday's tragic accident that claimed the lives of six people, including three little boys.

For many it's hard to imagine losing one family member but to have five taken at once is what Blanca Gutierrez calls heartbreaking. Family and friends spent the day sharing stories and remembering all the wonderful memories. This family is relying on just that - family - to pull them through this difficult time.

"All very close, and all of us just love each other dearly," says Gutierrez, the little boys' great aunt. Gutierrez was waiting in Crosbyton Friday afternoon for her family to arrive. "They all come here to this little house, which is full of love and we're all close family," she says.

But they didn't make it. The accident took five family members away from Gutierrez. While holding back tears she says it's family that will get them through this tragedy.

Gutierrez says the boys were wonderful and loved to be outside. Football was their favorite game and they were always sharing their hugs. "They were full of life, just jumping all over the place and climbing. They were active little boys, sometimes too active. They just liked to get into everything," she says, fondly remembering her great nephews.  

It's not just immediate family feeling the loss but also their family at school. Willow Bend Elementary School Principal Kathy Dawson says the students have been at the school since it opened two and a half years ago. "There were a lot of students, even if they weren't in the boys class this year, that were upset today (Monday)," says Dawson.

It was a teary day for many on campus. Students wrote cards for Josie Gutierrez to help her remember the happy things - hoping to lessen her sadness. Flowers were placed on the boy's desks and the children's drawings show the good times and who the boys were in the eyes of their friends - pictures of smiling faces on the playground.

Classes also wrote letters to the boy's classmates, letting them know how sorry they were for their loss. Gutierrez says heaven received five of her angels. "They're going to be missed dearly - I'll tell you that," she says.

memorial fund has been set up in honor of the Gutierrez family. Donations can be made at any City Bank location. Josie Gutierrez was the only survivor in the car accident and she's listed in stable condition at University Medical Center.

Funeral services for Rita Guiterrez, Guadalupe Salinas, Fabian Sanchez, Xavier Sanchez, and Isaic Guiterrez will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the San Jose Catholic Church in Crosbyton.

Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the same church.

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