EL PASO — Loved ones of an El Paso High School graduate killed in a car crash over the weekend gathered to honor his memory at the El Paso High football stadium Thursday night.
Dozens lit candles and released balloons into the air sharing stories of Mauro Galarza, 19, who died after losing control of his car Sunday morning on Railroad and Diana.
"He was more than a nephew, he was like a son," said Galarza's aunt, Ruth Ramirez during the vigil.
She along with countless other said the young man was always there for them when they needed him.
"I would tell him why I was sad and he would say don't be sad that's why we're family we're here to help out," Ramirez said.
Ramirez fondly recalled her nephew joking with the her about being a Bowie Bear.
"We would make fun cause El Paso High would never beat Bowie and he would come up to me and tell me one of these days we're going to be beat you," Ramirez said.
During his time at El Paso High, Galarza played football and baseball.
He excelled in sports and in the classroom as well, graduating at the top of his class.
"He wanted to be an engineer," Ramirez said. "They called him an enginerd cause he was always very good at everything."
Ramirez said Galarza was an inspiration to so many and will always be in the hearts of those he touched.
"His memory is going to be there forever," Ramirez said. "His memory is just unforgettable, unforgettable memories."
Friday 5 to 9 p.m.with a rosary at 7 p.m.
Mount Carmel Funeral Home, 1755 N. Zaragoza.
First Convenience Bank
Account No. 464773811.