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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. 


Yoakum County Deputy remembered after dying in the line of duty

Law enforcement officers are in mourning after the loss of one of their own after Deputy Jason Fann, who also served as a Seagraves police officer, died in a crash while responding to another call.

Good friend and colleague Wesley Moore remembers exactly where he was when he got the news.

"I received a call from another P.D. officer who heard about the wreck and understood it was bad and possibly fatal," Moore said. "The initial reaction, I went completely numb. It was the worst day of my life."

Moore is the godfather to Fann's two children. He said, to him, his family, and his colleagues, Fann was the embodiment of what it means to wear the badge and to be a father.

"Deputy Jason Fann is by far one of the most intelligent and professional officers I've ever met in my career, my life. He was a dedicated father as well to a three-year-old and a six-year-old and a loving husband to his wife of four years. The epitome of, the definition of a public servant."

Moore hopes his friend is remembered as more than just another guy in a uniform.

"We should always remember his as a loving husband, a son, a brother, a father, and a great law enforcement officer."

According to the Yoakum County Sheriffs Office, Fann is the first officer killed in the line of duty in Yoakum County.

"From the ashes is born something even more beautiful."

Funeral arrangements are still in the works. We will bring you those as soon as they are announced. 

If you would like to donate to the Fann family, you can do so at any Aim Bank. 


Crash claims life of Abilene police detective

A traffic crash killed an Abilene police detective Sunday evening.

The Abilene Police Department reports Detective Elise Ybarra's unmarked vehicle was hit while she was in slow-moving traffic on Interstate 20, which was backed up because of another wreck.

She had been with the department for three years, and was on her way to a crimes against children conference in Dallas with two other officers.

The other two officers were hospitalized, but their injuries aren't believed to be life threatening.

Detective Ybarra leaves behind a husband and 10-month-old daughter.


Deaths of 2 Texas toddlers left in hot car ruled homicides

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) - Autopsies show two North Texas toddlers died of heatstroke after investigators say their mother allegedly left them in her hot car for several hours to teach them a lesson.

A medical examiner determined the deaths of 2-year-old Juliet Ramirez and 1-year-old Cavanaugh Ramirez of Weatherford were homicides.

Parker County records show the mother, Cynthia Randolph, was arrested in June on injury to a child counts and remains jailed. Investigators didn't immediately return a message Sunday on possible upgraded charges.

Officials say Randolph originally said her children locked themselves in her car. Temperatures were in the 90s.

An arrest affidavit says Randolph later said her daughter refused to get out of the car so she locked both toddlers inside to teach them a lesson - thinking they'd exit on their own.


N. Korea vows harsh retaliation against fresh UN sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea says it will launch "thousands-fold" revenge against the United States over the adoption of tough U.N. sanctions imposed after its intercontinental ballistic launches.

The North's statement issued Monday came two days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish the North including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion.

The North's statement said the sanctions were caused by a "heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.

It says the U.N. sanctions will never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear program or to give up its nuclear drive.

It says it will take "action of justice" but didn't elaborate.

The statement was carried by state media.
 

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