Family & friends mourn loss of Maria Tomas

By Peter Schaller- bio | email

Maria Tomas' Funeral Information:

Viewing -- Tuesday, September 21 @ 6:30 PM

Funeral -- Wednesday, September 22 @ 11 am

Both viewing and funeral services will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 15927 SW 150th Street in Indiantown (map).

INDIANTOWN, FL (WFLX) - Petrona Gasbar sent her daughter off to school last Wednesday never dreaming it would be the last time she would see her.

Now, she's sharing the memories of her beautiful daughter, Maria, with Fox 29.

"It kills us inside, but we're just trying to be strong," said Petrona Gasbar, Maria's mother.

She lost her husband three years ago in a horrible accident. Now, she's sobbing again. This time, for her daughter, Maria Tomas, who was killed in an accident Wednesday morning in Martin County.

Maria and four others were on their way to South Fork High School, but they never made it.

Florida Highway Patrol says it looks like the driver took the turn too quickly and ended up in some trees along the road. Maria wasn't wearing a seat belt and was killed.

Her mother says Maria was always there to console her after her husband died. "She slept in my room; I'm going to miss her," said Gasbar. "You'll notice every picture we have of her, she was smiling -- never frowning. She was always smiling."

Maria's older sister will miss the little things. "Her being home with me," she said. "She was always making me laugh."

Maria's family, dressed in black, played music outside Holy Cross Catholic Church Sunday. There was supposed to be a party held at the church to celebrate reaching their goal of raising enough money for a new building. Instead, the first service was somber.

Back at the family's home, there's black scarves tied out front. It's a Guatemalan tradition telling neighbors this family is mourning.

According to Maria's mother, her classmates are also distraught. "Her friends at school say they don't want to go back to class without her."

Meanwhile, charges are pending with the accident that took Maria's life. FHP says it could take up to 90 days and a review by the state attorney's office before the driver is charged.

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