By HEATHER CATHLEEN COX
Authorities with the San Benito Police Department have confirmed the identity of a man killed on Dec. 19 in a train-pedestrian fatality as Marco Vasquez Jr. of San Benito.
Vasquez was reportedly wearing headphones while listening to loud music at the time of the accident, which occurred near the intersection of Sarita St. and La Palma St. in San Benito. Vasquez was walking to Little Caesars Pizza, his place of employment, at which time he was struck by a train and pronounced dead at the scene.
“We received the call at 2:58 p.m … it was an unfortunate accident,” said SBPD Assistant Chief of Operations Michael Galvan. Family members have stated that Vasquez had been walking his usual route to work on Friday afternoon.
Galvan said, “From evidence we found at the scene, we found that (Vasquez) … had a music app open on his phone. The music was full-blast and he was wearing his headphones at (the) time of impact.”
Loved ones remember Vasquez as a calm, giving individual. Gabby Garcia, the deceased’s aunt, said, “He was a really good person, very sharing. He was loved by many.”
Vasquez’s mother, Sam Villarreal, took to Facebook saying, “I will miss you, Baby.”
Efforts are being made by family members to raise funds for the funeral. The family sold BBQ plates on Monday, and monetary donations were collected in the community. However, Garcia said on Tuesday, “We still need like over $2,000 to cover costs.”
“We haven’t had time to open up a bank account,” said Garcia. “It’s all been pretty hard … (Marco) was one of the oldest … nephews. He was the oldest brother, and I mean his little brothers and father and mom loved him so much.”
Vasquez’s funeral will be held at Thomae Garza Funeral Home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. If anyone would like to make a monetary donation, the family has requested each person contact the funeral home directly. Thomae Garza Funeral Home is located at 395 South Sam Houston Boulevard, in San Benito; their phone number is (956) 399-1331.
Vasquez is survived by his two sons, ages 6 and 3.
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