Marquez Family Remembers Sisters who Died in Rollover

It was just last Thursday when two young girls, sisters, were killed in a rollover accident in Jim Wells County.

Now, relatives of the victims are said to be drawing strength from each other, as well as friends and neighbors who have stepped up to help.

A rosary for 20-year old Carlie Marquez and 16-year old Heather Marquez was held in Alice on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Carlie and Heather's mother and older sister remembered their late loved ones.

"My girls were always just dancing around at the house. Always just listening to music. Always," their mother, Anabel Marquez, said. "Even if I had a bad day, they would just go into my room and just do something silly, just to try to make me laugh. Just to try to make me smile."

"They were very helpful, and happy all the time," their older sister Joanna Marquez said. "Whenever I needed them, they were there. I don't know why it happened, but I'm here to support my mom, and take care of my sister's kids, and just take it day by day."

The Marquez family shed tears as they talked about Carlie and Heather. The family also showed photos of the late sisters, who were killed Saturday night when their vehicle over corrected and rolled over on Highway 281, near Ben Bolt. Also in the vehicle were Carlie's two kids, two and half-year old Jasmine and one and half- year old Manuel. Both kids survived the accident.

The family showed the bruises and cuts the kids suffered in the accident. Little Manuel's foot is swollen, and Jasmine has staples in her head because of the wreck; but miraculously, the kids are in pretty good condition, considering the vehicle they were in rolled five times.

Heather's boyfriend, 18-year old Leroy Garza of Ben Bolt, was also in the vehicle and survived, but was hospitalized with two broken legs.

The rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rosas Funeral Home Chapel in Alice, and it was open to the public. If you would like to help out the family, you can call 210-954-6356. They say they are in need of some new car seats for the surviving children, Jasmine and Manuel.


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