MILTON, Del.- A family is grieving the loss of two of their loved ones after a tragic accident Wednesday in Sussex County.
Eduardo and Priscilla Saez of Milton were killed when the car they were traveling in veered off into oncoming traffic. According to the medical examiner, Priscilla Saez may have suffered a heart attack at the wheel. The two were 36-years-old, and parents to three children. WBOC spoke with family members who are trying to cope with this sudden loss.
Priscilla and Eduardo -- lovingly called "Mikey" by his family -- were very involved in the community. He was a local football coach; she, a school bus driver. Eduardo's brothers say losing this couple is extremely hard on their tight-knit family.
Eduardo's brother, Juan, describes his sibling as his "backbone," and says Wednesday was one of the most difficult days of his life.
"It just seems unreal," he said. "Just really seems unreal to lose two people at one time, and with the kids. I mean, having to tell my nephews and niece that your mom and dad's not going to be here anymore. To tell my dad that he lost a son. That's one of the hardest things to have."
Together, this family is pulling together, and relying on their faith and one another to cope.
"Everybody's pulling strength off of each other," shared Juan Saez. "The main thing is that we keep our eyes on God and our faith, and knowing that they're in a better place, and then knowing that God doesn't make mistakes. We're not going to question God."
"We're all just depending on one another and relying on our faith in Christ Jesus to get through this," added Eduardo's brother, Jose Saez. "And we'll come through this. We'll make sure that the children that are left behind are taken care of, and we'll make sure that they accomplish their goals that their mom and dad set forth for them."
The brothers say their niece and nephews may not have a mother and father anymore, but they have the love and support of a family determined to help them pick up the pieces.
Juan Saez said he is seeking custody of his brother and sister-in-law's three children. He is also working to start a college fund in their name.
A service for Eduardo and Priscilla Saez will be held next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Eagles Nest Christian Academy in Milton. Viewing hours will be held prior to the service, beginning at 11 a.m.