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Teens who died helping to rescue 5-year-old in Texas river remembered as selfless, hardworking

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — Family members are mourning after two Beaumont teenagers drowned whereas making an attempt to avoid wasting a 5-year-old woman within the Trinity River over the weekend.

One factor is obvious: the 2 younger males have been hardworking and selfless. 

Their family members say Jaerson Alvarez and Wilmer Rodriguez will probably be remembered as two of probably the most caring boys they knew.

A fishing journey ended with family members mourning the lack of two youngsters from Beaumont.

Erik Frausto is 17-year-old Wilmer’s buddy. 

“Are you able to think about, they did not even know how you can swim, they did not even suppose, they only jumped to attempt to assist,” Frausto stated. 

On Sunday, he and his cousin, 18-year-old Jaerson jumped into the Trinity River to assist a 5-year-old woman. 

Jaerson jumped in first, however by no means got here again up. His brother-in-law Ariel Osman Nieto says Wilmer was making an attempt to assist.

“Wilmer — went in and wished to assist, however neither of them got here again up,” Nieto stated.    

He and different witnesses instructed 12Information most of the folks on the river that evening had been consuming. The sheriff’s workplace cannot say if that was an element, as a result of it wasn’t a part of the drowning investigation.

Nieto says the boys gave every little thing they may.

“All to avoid wasting somewhat woman who they did not even know and wasn’t a part of their lives,” Nieto stated. 

However family members say that is simply who they have been, hardworking and selfless.

Each boys did what they needed to do to handle their households. 

Nieto stated Jaerson’s youngster is just a few days previous. 

Wilmer is the oldest of 5 siblings from Honduras. Frausto remembers Wilmer speaking about how a lot he beloved his brother and wished to see him succeed.

“He had quite a lot of plans. He wished to ship him cash so he might proceed going to high school,” Frausto stated.

Now family and friends are doing every little thing they’ll to assist get the boys again residence.

“God solely is aware of what the mom is feeling proper now, not understanding if she’s going to have the ability to see her child for the final time,” Frausto stated. 

“A technique or one other we’ll get them again residence,” Nieto stated.

There are no funeral plans but, however there are two GoFundMe pages set as much as assist with bills to ship each boys again to Honduras.


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