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School Holds Vigil For Sisters, Brother Killed In Car Crash

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IRVING (CBS 11 NEWS) – A family, a community, and a school system is mourning the loss of three children, while praying for the recovery of another child, still in critical condition following a horrific crash.

The Irving Independent School District held a vigil to pay tribute to 13-year old Diana Gonzalez and 12-year-old Maria del Rufugio Gonzalez, both students at Lamar Middle School. The two died Sunday after the accident Sunday on I-30 and 161 in Grand Prairie.

Their six-year-old brother, Jesus, was taken off life support Monday night.

Maria de Jesus Gonzalez, 10, remains in critical condition at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Close friends say she is responding to treatement.

Students, teachers, and parents met on Lamar’s campus to remember the children and reflect on their young lives.

Principal Joe Moreno says it was a way to let the children grieve. “I just felt the kids needed to say their goodbyes, share their grief. Its a part of what we have to go through.”

“I knew Maria. She was in my class.” says 7th grader, Carson Franco, through tears. “She was really sweet. Its sad that something so bad could happen to a sweet girl.”

The children’s mother and driver of the vehicle Maria Francisca Vasquez, and her husband Juan Gonzalez, were not seriously hurt.

Juan Gonzalez got out of the car and was trying to steer other drivers away from their stalled car, when a truck hit the vehicle from behind. All four children were seated in the backseat.

The truck driver told police he did not see the car as he was switching lanes.

The accident is under investigation.

A memorial fund has been set up at any Wells Fargo bank under Diana Maria Jesus Gonzalez Memorial Fund.

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