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Friends remember Victoria West senior

June 22, 2012 at 1:22 a.m.
Updated June 23, 2012 at 1:23 a.m.

Jacob Guzman, 18, of Victoria, died in a car wreck on Tuesday. His uncle, Samuel Flores, left, older brother, Alexander Guzman, middle, and mother, JoAnn Ramirez, far right, comfort each other at the visitation Friday evening.

The West High School senior who died in a crash Tuesday inspired both tears and laughter as family and friends gathered to remember and celebrate his life Friday evening.

Jacob Guzman, 18, of Victoria, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car wreck on U.S. Highway 87 North, after his friend, Mario Garcia, 17, of Victoria, lost control of a Camaro in the rain, striking a Chevrolet Tahoe.

"Jacob was one of a kind," said his mother, JoAnn Ramirez, of Victoria. "He was smart, intelligent. He had talent. He had heart. He had love. Jacob didn't have any bad in him. Jacob was a good person, he loved everyone and everything around him."

Ramirez laughed through tears, as she remembered the jokes Guzman would tell and the antics he would play in the house.

"That was Jacob," she said. "You knew Jacob. You knew his beautiful smile."

The chapel at Grace Funeral Home was overflowing during the visitation, as family members, friends, Guzman's basketball team members and others lined the hallways to pay their respects.

"If we had a classroom full of kids like Jacob, we could work miracles," Lois Lord, one of Guzman's teachers at West High School, said through tears. "He was a lovely kid and this is a great loss to the Warrior family."

Lord said one of her favorite memories of Guzman was when he would come to see her on game days, when she would always tie his tie.

"He didn't know how," she said with a smile.

Guzman had plans to become a game warden and wanted to become an NBA player, his mother said.

"He was a good kid, he really was," Jeremy Flores, Guzman's uncle, said. "Very respectable, he had love for everybody. He grew up with me. I kind of brought him up."

Garcia was in stable condition Friday, on floor care at DeTar Hospital Navarro, a hospital spokesperson said.

The driver of the Tahoe, Cark Bradburn, 54, of Victoria, was transported to Citizens Medical Center, where he was treated and released Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson said.



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