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Jun 27, 2013 7:22 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

Alice Families Mourn the Deaths of Four Young Men

ALICE - Four families are mourning tonight after a truck accident in Florida took the lives of four young men from Alice. Just a day after that accident, the families of those men are almost in disbelief that their loved ones were ripped away at such young ages. 24-year-old Mark Guerrero, Ovidio Villarreal, Steve Garcia and 20-year-old Arnold Galvan the third all died in that crash.

Family members tell us they were on their way to pick up a truck when they veered off the road and crashed into a tree. The impact and fire that followed was so severe, they may never know why the truck ran off the road in the first place.

Today, a wreath hangs from the house of 24-year-old Mark Guerrero. Family members says Mark used to be an oilfield machinist, he liked working on trucks and liked mudding; most of all, however, he loved his two boys.

He spent every second taking his sons bowling, swimming and taking them anywhere they wanted to go. It's his crazy, fun personality his two brothers and the rest of his family will miss the most.

Big Arnold Galvan III was known to everyone as "Bullet." His family says the 20-year-old learned his work ethic from his dad. He was able to earn a living for his family which included two adorable little girls.

Manuel Gonzalez, Arnold Galvan III's uncle said, "He has two little twin daughters that, adorable, he left behind." he said, "They're asking right now where their daddy is and they're just telling them he's at work. That's all they can say."

Aside from being a loving father, Arnold Galvan III was a character.

Gonzalez continued, "He just liked the outdoors, full of life. Now he's got a car out there that nobody's going to drive."

We know that three of the men had children; at least five kids will grow up missing their fathers.

Family members say they're sending dental records to Florida so authorities there can properly identify the young men. Meanwhile, the family of Mark Guerrero is holding a memorial car ride tonight in his memory in Alice. They're meeting at 8:30 at the H.E.B. for anyone who'd like to join.

They also have an account set up at First Convenience Bank inside the Walmart in Alice for anyone who would like to donate toward funeral expenses. The account number is 440385672.

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