FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 12-year-old boy struck and killed by a van two days before Christmas was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Victor Garcia (courtesy: Garcia family)

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Victor Garcia died on Monday, December 23, while walking home with his mother and nephew in Carrollton. 

Police said a van went up on the sidewalk when Garcia pushed his mother out of the way, taking the brunt of the impact, his family said.

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They said he died being a hero.

Garcia attended Dewitt Perry Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.

Police said the driver who struck Garcia told investigators he swerved to avoid another vehicle that had stopped unexpectedly in front of him.

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Funeral services for Garcia took place at the Mary Immaculate Church in Farmers Branch.