Friend of crash victims wants proper headstone for brothers


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Three months after three innocent lives were taken in a crash under the Big-I, two of them brothers, the only markings at their grave site are some flowers and their names written on a piece of paper. A friend of the family wants to change that.

Friends said the family has done everything to give them a proper burial, but right now they just don’t have the money for a headstone, so they want to do something about it. The brothers were laid to rest at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery.

“I come here every day to visit Robert and Sergio,” Gabriel Aragon said. “But right now all they have is a piece of paper with their name on it.”

Aragon said he was with Robert, his brother, Sergio Mendez-Aguirre, 23, and Grace Sinfield, 20, just hours before the crash back in November. According to police 23-year-old Jacob Jaramillo ran a red light, killing all three victims. Police suspect Jaramillo had been drinking.

Now Aragon wants their burial site to reflect the kind of people they were.

“It saddens me because I want to see a headstone with their faces, with their smiles because that’s what they were known for,” he said. “A headstone says that they’ve been laid to rest peacefully.”

Aragon said the last three months have been tough on the family.

“They have medical bills and they have a mortgage. The last thing I want them to worry about is another thing for the funeral,” he said.

Aragon set up a GoFundMe account to help the family with the cost of a headstone for the two brothers.

Mark Shalz, Vice President for New Mexico Operations with Daniels Family Funeral Services, said they will match whatever the GoFundMe raises.

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