High school sweethearts killed in crash

Judson high grads planned to get married


SAN ANTONIO – Two recent graduates of Judson High School are being mourned after they were killed in a car accident this past Saturday.

According to family members, 18-year-old Kaila Marie Gomez and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Steven David Oliver, were killed when the car they were in crashed on Highway 281 in Johnson City.

Family members said the high school sweethearts were inseparable.

Shauna Johnson, Gomez's older sister, said Kaila and Steven were on their way home from Lawton, Okla., where they had attended Steven's sister's graduation from boot camp. They were riding in a car driven by Steven's mother.

Around 5 a.m. on June 30, as they drove through Johnson City, Steven's mom swerved to miss something in the road, causing the car to roll several times.

The couple was ejected from the backseat and died. Oliver's mother, brother and best friend survived the crash.

"We were very proud of them. They had come a long way, and had been through a lot and they were about to enter the next stage in their life," Johnson said.

Just over a month ago, Gomez and Oliver gradated together from Judson High School.

Johnson said the couple met each other in middle school and began dating in 8th grade. Oliver's mother said Kaila had lived with her family for the last two years and she thought of her as a daughter.

Gomez was an honor student who helped other students in Judson's special education program. Oliver ran track and loved the sport of motocross.

While they are still in shock over the tragic accident, Johnson said she is able to find some comfort knowing her sister died with the young man she loved with all her heart.

"I think Kaila and Steven had every intention of getting married and being together forever and now they get to be together forever indefinitely," Johnson said. "It gives me some peace knowing that they're together. It also gives all of our families much peace to know they are together."

Funeral services for Kaila will be held Thursday evening and services for Steven will be held Friday.

On Saturday friends and family plan to come together to hold a memorial service for both teens.

A Facebook memorial page has been created for the couple.

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