Emotional vigil for three Irving classmates killed in wreck

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 11:36 PM

IRVING — Students at Lamar Middle School cried, sang and prayed Wednesday evening at an emotional vigil for two classmates and their brother, all killed in a car accident in Grand Prairie last Sunday.

Three Gonzalez siblings — 13-year-old Diana, 12-year-old Maria, and six-year-old Jesus — died after a pickup hit their family's stalled car on Interstate 30.

A fourth child, Maria de Jesus Gonzalez, 10, survived, but remains hospitalized in serious condition.

More than 150 students, parents and teachers attended the memorial at Lamar Middle School.

Student Angel Rojas told us school hasn't been the same. "It's hard not seeing her [Maria] in the hallways," he said.

"As a parent, it's really hard just even to try to comprehend what the parents are going through," said Josefina Quinoñes. "I have two kids that are in the same ages that two of the kids who died were, so it's definitely very hard to even comprehend that."

Every day students are finding ways to remember their friends. Some made posters. Others are collecting donations for the family.

"Kids were picking on me, and Diana stepped in to help me," said Hector Quinoñes, a Lamar student. "I will miss her."

Funerals for the three Gonzalez children are scheduled for Friday.

Grand Prairie police said donations to the Diana, Maria and Jesus Gonzalez Memorial Fund can be made at any Wells Fargo bank branch by referencing Account #9920146298.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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