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Family Mourns 83-year-old Man Killed While Walking to Church

Family Mourns 83-year-old Man Killed While Walking to Church
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POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 3:04pm

UPDATED: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 8:57pm

EL PASO - The family of 83-year-old Alfonso Morales is in shock after his sudden death. He was hit and killed by a car as he walked to church Monday morning.

Police are still trying to piece together how it happened.

Morales may have been 83-years-old, but his family says old age didn't slow him down one bit. They say he was active in the community and he liked to help neighbors out by mowing their yards.

Hugo Morales spent the morning helping his brother clean out his father's apartment. He had just moved into it 4 months ago.

"He lived a good life he enjoyed what he did. He was a real hard worker," said Hugo Morales.

Alfonso Morales had recently started walking to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church right across the street. It's where he liked to have coffee and socialize with neighbors.

"He wanted to stay busy so when he found out they we're having this stuff at church he would go early in the morning," said Hugo Morales.

Alfonso Morales was on his way to the church around 6:00 a.m. Monday when he was hit by a car while crossing Alabama Street. Police say the driver, 68-year-old Angelica Gonzalez, kept going and slammed into a rock wall nearby. Morales later died at the hospital.

Police are still trying to figure out if Morales was in the crosswalk when he was hit, but his family thinks he was. They say he always used it when he walked to church.

Hugo Morales says his brother called him at work Monday morning and said his dad had been in an accident.

"I went to the hospital that's where they told me. It was shocking. I was hurting real bad."

Alfonso Morales leaves behind a wife and 9 children.

Police say speed and alcohol are not factors in the crash and Gonzalez has not been charged with anything.
We'll keep you posted on the investigation.

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His family is right, they were always very close and he had always been very independent and a hard worker.

This was my "Mother's" bother. For you AC
commentator what and where was his family is
none of your business! and you have no right to
pre-judge if you don't have any knowledge of what
the circumstances were. As for MS. Gonzalez may "GOD" be your guide and hope you do the right thing.

My "Mom" and him are both in heaven, In "GOD's"
Loving hands. by Raquel Morales, family

His family is right, they were always very close and he had always been very independent and a hard worker.

This was my "Mother's" bother. For you AC
commentator what and where was his family is
none of your business! and you have no right to
pre-judge if you don't have any knowledge of what
the circumstances were. As for MS. Gonzalez may "GOD" be your guide and hope you do the right thing.

My "Mom" and him are both in heaven, In "GOD's"
Loving hands. by Raquel Morales, family

AC, If you must know, his nine children where there for him. We offered our homes and time to him. My Dad at 83 yrs., who was of sound mind chose to live by himself.
As far as the lady you feel bad for, I pray to God, she does'nt run over any of your relatives. See how you feel then !!

My prayers go out to the Morales Family. I pray that you find comfort and peace during this difficult time of loss. God bless his children and wife.

Thank you so much for your Wonderful and Wise words.
God Bless you, in behalf of Maribel Morales and Family !!!!

When police say speed is not a factor in the case, they should really re-consider this statement. I used to live around the area of Gaudalupe Church and now I work around it sometimes, and I can testify that many cars travel alot faster than the posted speed limit is on Alabama ST. Couple this with the hill that prevents people and cars from seeing each other if crossing on the corner of Mobile st and Alabama and Hamilton and Alabama and Im surprised accidents don't happen more often.

Where were the 9 children and wife when this 83-year-old man was walking in the dark to go to church? Very sad! I can't even imagine how the driver will feel for the rest of her life!

Ac, this is not the time or place to explain anything to your ignorance.
His family doesn't have to explain anything to your or anyone else. It was
their father and their family arrangements or circumstances are their private
life. This was my "Mother's bother" and I think your are disrespectful to his
memory with your comment. "It is none of your business" plain and simple.

My "Mother and him are in "God's" loving hands now.

Raquel Morales, Family

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