Friends and family remember Jonathan Pesqueda after fatal collis

Friends and family remember Jonathan Pesqueda after fatal collision

LUBBOCK, Texas -

A family holding onto their faith and memories through a difficult time. The Pesqueda's lost a loved one in a wrong way head-on collision on Aug. 3. Jonathan, 18, had just graduated from Lubbock High School.

His family and friends remember him during this time of grief.

"I think that is when it hit me. I knew."

Jonathan's brother, Ralph Alvarez, did one of the hardest things he's ever had to do.

"I think what hurt the most is me knowing I was going to have to go tell my family. I was going to be the one to tell my parents that they lost their baby."

His brother's life was cut short when the 18-year-old died in a car wreck off the Loop. Investigators say it appears a pickup was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with Pesqueda's car.

"I see the tracings of the accident. It just hits hard."

Family friend Bryan Madrid is constantly thinking about what happened. 

"I am playing detective just trying to figure out how these people got onto the Loop, driving the opposite way. I've also started timing and if something stalled him one minute later, or he was one minute faster, this would have been avoided."

Madrid said he will remember Jonathan by the love he had for his car and music.

"He had a smile that would light up the room, and his laugh. Every time I close my eyes, I can just see his smile and hear his laugh."

Left with nothing but memories, girlfriend of four years Shannell Alvarez says Jonathan taught her so much.

"Be myself, and don't hold back on what I want to do, just do it, because you never know. Just like him, he did what he wanted to do, because you never know when your time is going to come. Unfortunately, his came sooner."

Shannell said her boyfriend's motto in life is what will help her move on. 

"Live you. Live life. Be happy. This is something he came up with, and is something that he lived by. He always used to tell me that when I'm down or when I doubt myself, I just tell myself: Live you. Live life. Be happy."

Brother Ralph said this heartbreak reminding him tomorrow is not promised.

"It could have been me. It could have been anybody. You just never know when something like this can happen. I always told myself nothing like this would ever happen to me or my family. It will hit you hard when it does."

Family and friends held a balloon release Sunday night in his honor. Red and black balloons were released, because those were his favorite colors. 

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