HOUSTON The fiery aftermath was horrific. Up close in all the mangled metal, an entire family was wiped out.
I don t think there s words to describe it, said family friend Roy Vargas. There s just not words to describe it.
The Guzman family was driving to Oklahoma until a wrong way driver plowed into them on the Beltway back on June 29. Five of the six in the car died including the mother Elvira, father Valentin, their 13-year-old daughter Annie, 11-year-old daughter Patricia and 3-year-old son Valentin Jr.
Only 15-year-old Stephanie miraculously survived.
It s not certain she will survive, said Vargas. Doctors still are not certain of her outcome.
Three weeks since the tragic accident, the family is still trying to bury their loved ones. They started an online GoFundMe account pleading for support. But 14 days in, and it only raised $10. Compare that to the Stay family s online fund. It s already surpassed $350,000 in just half that time.
Two families destroyed. Two 15-year-old survivors left alone. Two very different community responses.
I know other tragedies are happening here in our community there s only so much funding but we re hoping the word gets around and people understand the Guzman family needs some financial support, said Vargas.
Even with a third of her family killed at the hands of a drunk driver, Soledad Santoyo hasn t lost hope. She lost her sister, brother-in-law and three nieces and nephews. But the family is still clinging to their faith.
I miss my sister so much, said Santoyo.
She hopes her sister knows the family will be rallying around the surviving daughter. The question that still out there is whether the local community will, too.
The family will be hosting a barbecue fundraiser on Saturday, July 26 at Emiliano s Bar located at 7710 East Freeway. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Click here if you d like to donate to the family online.
UPDATE: The family has received more than $35,000 in donations as of 2 p.m.