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By: Robert Price
Remembering the victims and helping the survivors of a tragic car accident that killed two young boys.
It's been nearly two weeks since the deaths of Walter and Wesley Maspero.
Both died when a suspected drug trafficker slammed into their family's car during a high-speed police chase at I-35 and Shepherd Road.
Robert Price shows us how the family is now getting help from people who helped raise the boys.
"When I first heard, I couldn't believe it,” said Elena Ramirez of Southern Angels Daycare. “I was in shock. It was like, 'No, can't be'."
Their parents and two other siblings survived the crash, a crash that devastated everyone here at Southern Angels.
"I was real attached to them because I raised them like my own." said Ramirez.
Ramirez had cared for Walter and Wesley all day every day. She describes 17-month-old Wesley as the loud, energetic one.
"Ohhh, Wesley was such an active little boy,” said Ramirez. “Active in everything."
"Being that he was the baby from the family, he picked up everything from the older ones," said Southern Angels director Janie Viero.
"He was very loveable,” added Ramirez. “He was always wanting to hold your hand and he liked to be held."
Three-year-old Walter loved to sing, but in general, was more on the quiet side.
"Walter was more sentimental,” said Viero. “I don't know, there was always that special gift that he had."
All eight of the Maspero children at some point in time spent their days at Southern Angels Daycare, with the four youngest still enrolled at the time of the accident. In fact, the two children who survived the crash -- 3-year-old Wyatt and 2-month-old Wynnsday are already back here.
"The baby, of course, has a little cast, so I have to be careful when I'm taking care of her because she's so delicate right now," said Ramirez.
As the Maspero family faces mounting funeral and medical costs, Southern Angels looked to help with an all-day barbecue fundraiser.
"Because of the faith that we have in god, that's what has pulled us through all this,” said Viero. “To be able to accept it and continue. We believe that god needed two angels."
The boys’ father remains in the hospital in stable condition.
Perry, Texas Legislature to honor fallen soldiers
May 25, 2013 08:12 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry is addressing a joint session of the Legislature to honor Texans killed in combat.
Lawmakers from both chambers will crowd onto the House floor Saturday to join relatives of those fallen for a tearful tribute to soldiers from the state killed on the battlefield.
It will be a solemn start to a busy -- perhaps even frantic -- final weekend of the 140-day legislative session, which ends Monday.
Perry has not commented on whether he will call lawmakers back to work for a special session to tackle unfinished business.
But settling disputed voting maps is likely to keep the Legislature working until June.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who oversees the Senate, also has said he'd like more time to revive tighter abortion restrictions and looser gun laws.
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