Posted: Mar 25, 2013 6:24 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Mar 26, 2013 11:04 AM
BEN BOLT - The flags at the high school in Ben Bolt were at half staff this Monday after an accident took the life of two local sisters.
"It's every parent's worst nightmare to get that knock at the door or that phone call late at night," said Ben Bolt Superintendent Scott Norris.
The Department of Public Safety said 20-year-old Carlie Marquez was driving a Ford Explorer when she veered off County Road 440 and overcorrected. The car flipped multiple times killing Carlie and her sister, 16-year-old Heather Marquez, leaving their family to deal with double the loss.
"It just rips your heart out," Norris said. "The fact that they had two sets of bad news. No way I could imagine that."
The two riding in the backseat, 18-year-old Leroy Garza and two-year-old Jasmine Trevino, survived.
It didn't take long for news of their deaths to spread through this tiny town and its small high school of just 250 students.
"It has definitely affected this entire campus and community," Norris said.
The students showed up to school today wearing yellow shirts and yellow stickers. They decorated Heathers desk and even the halls in yellow to remember the friend they lost.
Norris explained, "In honor of Heather because that was her favorite color."
Students said Heather was involved in the band, was a good friend and will not be forgotten and neither will her sister.
The passing of the Marquez sisters has shocked this community but instead of thinking about the loss they've all experienced, they're celebrating the lives they had the pleasure of knowing.
Students plan to sell T-shirts to help raise money for funeral expenses. To donate or help out, call Ben Bolt High School at (361) 664-9822.
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