WAYNE TOWNSHIP — Family and friends are remembering a 12-year-old Wayne Township boy, who was killed while on vacation in Texas, as a great student and rising star.
“(A) great student. Worked very, very hard,” Mary Lang with Wayne Township Schools said.
Isaac Ochoa and his parents, Belen Morales, 44, and Jesus Ochoa, 49, died when their truck rolled over in Texas Monday morning. The family, including four of the couple’s five children and a family friend, was coming back from summer vacation in Mexico.
“We cannot believe it. It was terrible for us,” cousin Jesus Medina said.
Medina said the family made that trip by car twice a year. Ochoa has lived in Indianapolis for decades, bringing his family to live with him about five years ago.
Abraham Ochoa, 17, told police his father had driven all night from Mexico, stopping for three hours to sleep. The teenager took the wheel and fell asleep less than an hour later, rolling the truck.
“(They were) nice people. We will miss them a lot,” Medina said.
Isaac Ochoa won an art competition at Rhoades Elementary last year. That work of art is still hanging at the school district’s headquarters. Teachers and administrators said he was a model student who got a lot of support from his parents.
“I just keep hearing what a great kid he was, what a great smile he had, what a wonderful attitude he had,” Lang said.
The four others injured in that crash are recovering at various hospitals in Texas and Arkansas. Family members told Fox 59 they plan to take Isaac and his parents back to Mexico for their funeral and burials.