HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida family is mourning the tragic loss of a teenager killed in a multi-vehicle crash.
Fifteen-year-old Shandel Enrique Mio died at the scene after he was involved in a wreck on his way to Homestead Senior High with a friend, Tuesday morning.
His friend, also a student at Homestead, and three others were rushed to the hospital and are expected to survive.
M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted that morning, “Prayers go out to the families of the high school students involved in this morning’s tragic accident.”
Mio’s family members said he was a kind person who loved acting and had aspirations to be an architect.
“I love him. He is a wonderful person,” his sister Claudia Mio said.
“He was a nice kid, very independent, very happy, liked to joke around,” said family friend Teddy Cubillos. “That’s the type of kid he was. We’re not prepared for this, so I ask the public to please donate to the GoFundMe account, which we’ll be providing — anything that can help us and the family to try to cover the funeral expenses.”
Mio’s mother Doris Mantienzo told 7News that she loves him and that he was an angel that came to her.
“He was very friendly, had a lot of friends,” she said. “He used to go above and beyond in helping his friends, and that’s the type of person he was.”
Mio’s father and a sibling are in Peru, so in addition to raising funds for the funeral expenses, they’re trying to raise money to bring them to the funeral.
Students gathered Wednesday to remember Mio, sharing messages and memories of him on a poster board.
Grief counselors were also on hand to help students cope with the loss.
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