Frank Briones, a member of the El Paso Coyotes, was killed in Tuesday’s crash on the Border Highway.
The Coyotes announced Briones death on their official Facebook page. He was 28.
The team owner, Felipe Gonzalez, confirmed that Briones was killed in Tuesday night’s accident. Briones’ car crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler at about 7:36 p.m.
Police said “driver inattention” was the cause of the accident.
“On Sunday, he played his last game against Ontario and had a fleeting step with our team. Frank Briones had just arrived about a month ago and in this short time, especially on the last trip, he showed us that he loved the team. A man committed to his dreams, in solidarity with his companions, always smiling and today with deep pain we inform you that Frank Briones died and just lost his life in a car accident. We know that death is the reward for eternal life and in the name of El Paso Coyotes, we pray for your eternal rest and all your family prompt resignation. We’ll miss you FRANK,” the post said.
Briones was called up to the team about a month and a half ago, Gonzalez said.
The team will eventually plan a memorial for him, but at this time they are still in shock, Gonzalez said.
A GoFundMe has been created to help the Briones family. On Facebook, the Coyotes said, “Frank’s family needs your support.” The fundraiser page says, “All proceeds will go to Frank’s parents for funeral costs.”
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the GoFundMe had raised $520. The goal is to raise $5,000.