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HOUSTON -- The fiery crash back on June 29 destroyed a Houston family, but it's not until you walk into this chapel that you grasp the human toll.

"One is a tragedy, but five is really unspeakable," said family friend Roy Vargas.

On Thursday more than a month since the accident, where a wrong-way driver killed five members of the Guzman family, they will finally be laid to rest.

"Of course, it'll be emotional to say the least," said Vargas.

There are five caskets. One for each victim. The father, Valentin, mother, Elvira, 13-year-old Annie, 11-year-old Patricia and the smallest casket for 3-year-old Valentin Jr. While family and friends prepare to say goodbye, 15-year-old Stephanie, the sole survivor of the crash is still fighting for her life in the hospital. She's opened her eyes, but still can't walk or talk.

"She is doing a little better, but she still has a long road ahead," said Vargas.

It took more than a month for this family to bury their loved ones. The accident was so destructive it took weeks to positively ID all the bodies. The family says they also needed financial help. Two weeks after the tragedy, their GoFundMe page had only raised $10. After KHOU's story aired, Houston responded.

"Donations and prayers have come from people all over the world," said Vargas.

In hours the fund had reached $30,000, and at last check more than $64,000 have been donated.

"I want to thank everyone," said Stephanie's uncle Jose Guzman.

"For the Guzman family it's been a long road to say the least, I don't know how to express their sorrow you can tell they've been grieving for some time and maybe they can start putting this behind them hopefully."

Their focus now, giving their family the final farewell they deserve. And helping a 15-year-old girl who lost everyone with all the financial and emotional support they can.

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