HOUSTON -- A Houston family is mourning the loss of a young woman killed in a car crash out of state. Vanessa Morales was an employee at the Telemundo TV station in Houston.
Before her death she was on a mission to help others.
"We were inseparable," said Yessenia Morales.
It's a bond few people understand. The bond between twin sisters Vanessa and Yessenia Morales.
“We came to the world together, grew up together, did everything together, we shared clothes, shared our face, shared everything,” said Morales.
It's why last weekend, as her twin sister Vanessa drove to Florida, she felt something wasn't right.
"I could sense it," said Morales. "I knew something was wrong with her."
On July 4th, Vanessa died in a tragic car accident just outside Mobile, Alabama.
"She was on her way to watch the fireworks," said Morales, choking back tears. "She ended up having a better view that night."
She was gone just eight days before her 25th birthday. Vanessa worked at Telemundo as a tech director. She was a daughter, a friend and she had a dream.
“All she wanted was supplies for the kids, at least supplies,” said Morales.
Instead of birthday gifts this year, she started a “Birthday for a Cause” fund on One Day's Wages, a nonprofit, hoping to raise just $500 for kids in Guatemala. And just four days since her death, her total is up to more than $12,000.
"She used to say the best things in life come in pairs, new shoes, earrings, parents, twins," said Morales. "Everything's better in two, and now she has enough money to build two schools."
Those new classrooms will be built because of Vanessa.
"She was able to leave a print on this world," said her longtime boyfriend Edward Mendoza. "She was something special, and I was fortunate to have her in my life."
"What she wanted to accomplish, she did," said her sister. "It was just such a short life."
A short life with meaning that continues to make a mark on those she left behind.
"She's always going to be with me," said Morales. "Anytime I look in the mirror, she's always going to live in me, always."
If you want to keep helping Vanessa's wish come true, you can donate by going to: http://www.onedayswages.org/birthday/cause/vanessa-morales.
Vanessa's viewing will take place on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home. The funeral will be on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Baytown.