LA PALOMA — Residents of this tiny community along the Rio Grande are in shock after a trailer fire killed two children.
Brothers Benito Delgado, 9, and Juan Carlos Delgado, 11, died after fire engulfed their trailer home off Rebecca Lane at about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Benito Delgado, 47, the boys’ father was treated at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, while his brother, 25, was taken to a San Antonio hospital.
“Everybody’s in shock,” Lt. Roel Cavazos of the Los Indios Police Department said yesterday. “It’s tragic. They lost two young boys.”
Cavazos said the fire remains under investigation.
Fire gutted the family’s trailer and car.
On Facebook, a GoFundMe page is raising money for the boy’s burial.
“La Paloma is a very tight-knit community. They’re trying to get two funerals done at the same time,” Cavazos said.
By 6 p.m. Johana Reyes’ GoFundMe page, which set a $1,000 goal, had raised $865.
“Any contribution is greatly appreciated to give these two boys a proper burial and assist the family to get back on their feet as Mr. Delgado’s two other children — 14- and 16-year-old — were left with nothing but the clothes on them that night,” Reyes wrote on her page.
– Johana Reyes fundraiser for Delgado family