Family and friends mourn a 17-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother who died in a collision at a dark rural intersection south of Monroe on Saturday night.
Alexandra Ruiz Diaz and her brother, Luis Miguel Geronimo Diaz, were killed in the wreckage, according to a GoFundMe page which had raised several thousand dollars for their funeral before an anonymous donor paid for the funeral in full on Tuesday.
“My children were and are everything to me,” their father, Luis Miguel Geronimo, told The Charlotte Observer in Spanish on Facebook on Tuesday. “My whole life is gone with them.”
“They liked to go everywhere, no matter where,” he said. “They loved going out with me and we loved being together. “
The funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Monroe.
“Parents and family are devastated and heartbroken by this loss,” Moriah Jenkins, a Monroe resident, wrote on the fundraising site when she created the page.
The siblings died in a collision on Austin Road and West Sandy Ridge Road, south of Monroe, around 9:30 p.m., WBTV reported. At least two cars were involved, the station reported, citing state soldiers.
Alexandra and Luis were leaving their mother’s house to visit their father, according to the station.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating the wreckage. The State Highway Patrol’s Monroe office referred the observer to Private Ray Pierce, who could not be reached on Tuesday.
The siblings “were full of life,” cousin Moriah Cook told WBTV.
“Alex loved decorating his room,” Cook told the station. “She loved all dogs. She loved her puppy. Luis loved games, and they were both … just beautiful kids.
“In our hearts forever”
Alexandra and Luis’ father told The Observer that his daughter also loves her hair and takes care of it every day.
Alexandra attended Union County Early College, he said. The program is offered by the public school district on the campus of South Piedmont Community College.
“Alexandra y Miguel Diaz will remain in our hearts forever,” school principal Adrien Porter wrote on the tribute to the siblings page on the Holland Funeral Service and Crematorium website.
Luis Miguel Geronimo said his son was in fifth grade at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts in Monroe.
His son’s hobby was painting, drawing and making cardboard figurines, Geronimo said. Her son also ate a lot of pizza, according to Geronimo.
“What I admire about them is their nobility, their good heart,” he said. “Despite being children, they shared what they ate with others… and they were never rude.
“They took care of each other every time they got out in (the) car,” he said. “My son was saying to his sister, ‘Look at the light, it’s about to turn red.’ Before leaving, my daughter would tell her to put on her seat belt. Yes, they took great care of each other.
Reacting to the Facebook post of a niece on Monday, Luis Miguel Geronimo, wrote: “My beautiful babies.”
In July, he posted a picture of his children on Facebook, saying: “My two great treasures”.
The mother of the children, Eva Diaz, could not be reached on Tuesday.
‘Such a blessing’
At noon on Tuesday, Moriah Jenkins announced on GoFundMe that the anonymous donor had paid for the funeral in full. Approximately $ 3,633 had been raised by 86 donors to date.
“It’s such a blessing for this family,” she wrote of the donor, after thanking the person.
And Jenkins thanked everyone who contributed as well. The money will help pay parents’ bills and other living expenses as they are not working due to the death of their children, she said.
“It’s such a blessing and most of all thank God for hearing our prayers,” Jenkins wrote on the page.
Editor-in-chief Rogelio Aranda contributed to this story.
This story was originally published September 28, 2021 2:36 pm.