Diboll community mourns train victims' deaths

Source: Carrillo family
Source: Carrillo family
Source: Carrillo family
Source: Carrillo family

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - A funeral service and benefit accounts have been set up for three Diboll residents who were killed in an accident with a train on Thursday afternoon.

The service for Sofia Carrillo, 54, Tavita Carrillo, 19, and King "Rey" Sebastian Compean, 18 months, will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Guadalupe Church in Diboll.

Benefit accounts have been set up for the family at First Bank and Trust in Diboll and Capitol One Bank in Lufkin.

Family member Jesucita Menz said any donations will go to a memorial and scholarship fund in their names.

Posados Cafe will be hosting a "give-back" night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to the Carrillo family.

All three were killed in an accident with a train in Diboll Thursday afternoon.

" Almost everybody knows them because they're such a large family here. All of them have graduated from Diboll High School," said Tina Cavazos.

The Carillos are active members of their church. Ms. Sophia, as she was called by friends, always saw her seven children got to church. Cavazos taught all the girls in Catechism class.

"It's gonna be hard in the next few years to, to not see Ms. Sophia come into church or to help out with the fiestas like they do every year," Cavazos said. "So it will be hard for everyone."

Tavita graduated last year from Diboll High School. The senior princess was voted most unique. Like all her siblings, a path for college was set.

And baby "Rey" was just beginning life. The baby's mother, Diboll Junior High coach Alejandra Carillo Compean was at a track meet in Corrigan when she got the news. Her sister, Jesucita Carrillo Menz, an art teacher at the same school, drove to the accident scene were her mother, sister and nephew died.

"It's a tough day for Diboll ISD, sure is," said Mark Kettering, the Lufkin Middle School principal. "It's a great family. It's a strong family and it's a family of great faith, so they got a lot of great things on their side right now when they need it."

Faith may be tested. The accident happened on the crossing which borders church property.

The family released a statement on the incident:

"We would like to express gratitude from the community for their prayers and support."

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