Funeral services set for Van ISD student killed in car crash

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VAN, TX (KLTV) - Funeral services have been set for Van ISD student killed in a car crash Saturday night.

Funeral services are set for Thursday for 14-year-old Fernando Vela.

According to Hilliard Funeral Home, visitation will take place at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Rosary will take place at 12 p.m. at the St. Therese Catholic Church in Canton followed by mass at 1:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at the Prairie Springs Cemetery in Ben Wheeler.

Fernando Vela September 20, 2004 - February 23, 2019 A viewing will be held at Hilliard Funeral Home on Thursday...

Posted by Hilliard Funeral Home on Monday, February 25, 2019

Vela passed away Saturday due to injuries he sustained during a single-vehicle crash.

According to Hilliard Funeral Home, another passenger, 14-year-old Jesus “Chuy” Mendieta, of Winnie, was killed in the crash. Funeral services for Mendieta will also take place on Thursday, according to Hilliard Funeral Home, along with a service held in Winnie.

Van ISD released a statement on Sunday in regards to Vela’s death.

“Fernando had a lot of friends and students looked up to him. He was a leader among his peers. He was energetic, athletic, respectful, and had a great love for his family. This is a sad day for the Van Junior High School family. Fernando will be greatly missed," said Van Junior High Principal Richard Pride.

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