EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- Loved ones and friends in El Paso are mourning the loss of a Hanks High School graduate killed by suspected drunken drivers in Dallas, Texas.
Authorities said Sergio Moriel, 31, and his passenger Melissa Aguilar, 27, from El Paso were killed on a Dallas expressway around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
According to the Dallas Police, a vehicle was disabled in a lane along the highway and was hit by another vehicle, which caused a chain-reaction wreck, killing Aguilar and Moriel. Three of the drivers involved were intoxicated.
Melissa Aguilar’s younger sisters who still live in El Paso say Melissa was planning to come home for Christmas.
“It’s heartbreaking to see her presents wrapped under the tree, her stalking hung up in our fireplace. Just knowing that she’s not going to be here to open those with us,” said Karina Aguilar, Melissa’s sister.
The other victim Sergio Morial was from Sweetwater, Texas, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. His sister was also heartbroken seeing his presents under the tree.
“We had Christmas presents for him already under the tree… it’s just going to be so hard,” said Antoniette Moriel, Sergio’s sister. “That was my first best friend we grew up together. It’s like my other half is gone.”
Melissa Aguilar’s sisters told KTSM 9 News she was a Hanks High School Graduate and graduated from UTEP in 2018 and was working as an elementary school teacher in Dallas.
“She was just really good with kids and it showed, it showed a lot and I’m really happy that she got to become a teacher and accomplish so many things because I really know that she really loved it,” said Elena Aguilar.
Describing her as someone who was kind to everyone.
“It’s still something that we’re trying to cope with and understand. Why something like this would happen to such an amazing person,” said Karina Aguilar.
The Dallas Assistant Police Chief Albert Martinez says all three of the drivers who were intoxicated will be facing serious charges.
“Three of those drivers were intoxicated that were involved in the crash and it’s also disappointing to me it’s one of those failures of us as a society. Where people are not taking seriously how dangerous it is to be driving while intoxicated,” said Martinez.
A friend and former coworker of Melissa Aguilar told KTSM when she saw the news from a Dallas news station about the crash she hoped it wasn’t true, saying she’s devastated.
“People need to be aware that drinking and driving doesn’t just kill the person in the car, it kills everyone around them that loves them,” said Susi Ziegler who used to work with Melissa Aguilar at a dance studio in El Paso.