Family, Friends Celebrate Life of Gabriel Mendoza, Jr.

Published 08/25 2013 08:58PM

Updated 08/25 2013 10:21PM

Family and friends marked the one year anniversary of Gabriel "Buddy" Mendoza, Jr.'s death by celebrating his life.

The survivor of the April 2012 FM 600 car accident that killed two died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound last August. His father, Gabriel, says he's using his son's story to protect other families. He says he truly lost his son to a drunk-driving accident, so he talks to Buddy's friends and locals about keeping drunk drivers off the road.

The evening celebrated the life of Buddy with food, music and games for kids. The night concluded with candle light vigil.

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