A week after pitching her last game, 13-year-old Breanna Camacho was laid to rest Saturday, with many of her teammates wearing their uniforms in solidarity for their softball angel.
Breanna and her cousin, Elexus Flores, 16, died after a car accident about 3:30 a.m. April 15 on FM 600 after a car they were traveling in ran off the roadway and struck a tree near Lake Fort Phantom Hill.
Breanna, an ardent softball player, Madison Middle School student, friend and daughter was taken off life support a day after the accident.
The other four teens in the car were injured. Melina Camacho, 13, remained listed in critical condition Saturday. Police say she and Nick Lopez, 16, who was released from the hospital on Friday, suffered internal and brain injuries.
Gabriel Mendoza, 17, a survivor of the crash, sat in the second row at the funeral at St. Francis Catholic Church, surrounded by about 500 of Breanna Camacho's friends, family and community members who were affected by the girls' deaths.
Many mourners packed the church; others stood outside and heard the service over an intercom.
On Friday, Gabriel said he was unsure how he would carry on, and was aching for his friends. He was released from a hospital Tuesday after suffering a broken jaw and cuts to his face.
Eliseo Garza, 17, the driver of the car, said last week he loved his friends and was praying for them. He was released from the hospital the day of the crash.
Many of the attendees wore blue ribbons because it was Breanna's favorite color. Others honored the girl by holding red roses, and many friends and family members wore customized T-shirts that were emblazoned with a picture of Elexus and Breanna, the inseparable pair that were buried side by side.
"This is not the time for blame," said the Rev. Bhaskar Morugudi during the service. "This is the time to remember this precious girl that came into your life."
"A lot you have a lot of emotion — sadness and anger. A lot you have pain in your heart," Morugudi said. "I don't know if anyone here can answer your questions. Accidents can happen. We're here to say a fond farewell today, to the sweetheart who loved sports and had a huge heart for all of you."