Family of young man killed in I-35 accident speaks out

Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 3:34 PM CST
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - A family is mourning the loss of a young man, 23-year-old Hector Manuel Cazarez, who was killed in a car crash over the weekend in a tragic vehicle accident on I-35 over the weekend.

His sister, Aide Cazarez, learned about it through social media. She said, “everybody was posting stuff about my brother on Facebook. I was just reading about the yellow Mazda, and that was my brother. They said there that he passed away at the scene. So I texted my mom asking her ‘what happened?’ and that I already knew.” The family says Hector was heading home from work when the accident occurred.

His funeral services were held Tuesday, November 21. The family says they have only received a couple of his belongings, but many haven’t been returned. They also say they haven’t been able to see his car.

One person was arrested in this case. He’s charged with driving under the influence. The family asks anyone who is thinking about drinking and getting behind the wheel to think twice and be responsible for making the right decisions. Hector’s other sister, Ashley, said, “to those moms out there that let their kids go out, drink and still let them drive, I hope they understand that taking away a mother’s kid. Losing your son or daughter is not easy. It hurts, and it hurts not only them but the whole family, and their friends, and the people around them.”

The Cazarez family says they will continue to fight for answers.

As for the driver of the other vehicle, he was identified as 28-year-old Rafael Uriel Cardenas. He remains at the Webb County Jail.

If you would like to help the family with funeral expenses, you can visit their GoFundMePage.

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