SOMERSET, Texas – Two Somerset Independent School District students were among five people killed in a Maverick County crash Monday.
"It's affected so many of our schools. Savannah Heights (Intermediate School), the junior high and, of course, the high school. So it is hard," said Somerset High School Spanish teacher, Esperanza Casey.
The students were traveling with their mother and brother in a Dodge Charger early Monday when it collided head-on with a pickup truck on Highway 57, 20 miles east of Eagle Pass.
Jetly Flores, 11, and Karelly Flores, 16, were killed, along with their mother, Perla Flores. Their brother, Jordi Flores, 13, was the only one in the Charger to survive.
Casey said the community is mourning the students and their mother.
"You have to be strong for them and try to give them words of comfort because it's part of life. It is part of life, but when it hits so close to home, we have to help them as teachers," Casey said.
Several teachers are having a tough time coping. Laura Estrada, a sixth grade reading teacher, wishes Jetly could walk through her doors again.
"We've even had his journal and his notebook on his desk, just kind of wanting him to be there," Estrada said.
Karelly's Spanish teacher, Martha Romo, said she'll never forget the 17-year-old's big smile.
"Very sad, especially to see such a beautiful life, such a strong student, (die). I knew she had the potential to achieve all her dreams," Romo said.
Somerset ISD officials on Thursday said Jordi was recovering in the ICU at University Hospital.
Two of the four people traveling in the pickup that collided with the Flores family were killed. Their names have not been released.