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Family coping with loss of young boy killed in crash

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A car wreck claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy, and now his family may find relief by giving the gift of life.

Six-year-old Abram and 5-year-old Noe Flores were brothers and best friends who were involved in a horrific crash late last month while riding with their mother in Williamson County.

Noe and the boys' mother survived, but Abram did not.

Mass is set for Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3112 Nolensville Rd.

The visitation is open to the public and will follow from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Highland Hills Funeral Home, 2422 Brick Church Pike.

The thought of the boys laughing together is enough to bring Ashley Vogel, the boys' therapist, to tears.

"Happy and sad at the same time, because I'm never going to see it again," Vogel said. "Typical brothers wrestling and rough-housing with each other."

The two were with their mom on the way back from horse therapy for their autism when a pickup truck veered off the road, overcorrected and hit their car.

"She's the most cautious, slowest driver - always worried about something - and just couldn't do anything about it," Vogel said.

The boys' father, Miguel Flores, tried speaking about the tragedy Monday through an interpreter, but even with help the words just wouldn't come.

"He said he doesn't have no words to say right now," the interpreter said.

Miguel Flores has lost a son while his wife, Maria Zaragoza, has a fractured hip and a broken tailbone.

"And Maria is the best mom ever. She's so caring, and she's always there. And she's going to field trips and always concerned about everyone else," Vogel said.

Even now, gearing up for a long surgery, Zaragoza said if they can't save her son, let her son save someone else.

As soon as she's well enough to say goodbye, the family will be donating all of Abram's organs.

"They're the most wonderful family - just kind and caring people, and the sweetest kids - and they need a lot of love and support right now," Vogel said.

Zaragoza went in for a four-hour surgery Monday afternoon. We're told she won't be able to walk for three months, and that's if everything goes well.

As for Noe, friends and therapists are working to keep him busy on a schedule and around familiar places.

They have not yet attempted to explain to him everything that has happened.

If you want to help the Flores family in any way, donations can be made at:

Play Ball Children's Therapy Center
125 Island Drive
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Autism and Behavior Consulting Services
220 Great Circle Road Suite 124
Nashville, TN 37228

Any First Tennessee Bank branch by asking to contribute to the Flores-Zaragoza Family Benefit Fund.

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