Memorial Honoring Basin Boy Killed in Car Accident Vandalized, Cross Destroyed

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS COUNTY- A memorial honoring the life of a boy who died in a car crash has been repeatedly vandalized in the past few months.

"I don't know what to think. He was innocent," mother, Janie Castillo, said. She lost Arturo "Spike" Castillo when he was only 14 years-old.

"Their car rolled over. He and my niece and my brother-in-law and another little girl were in a car accident. They rolled over and he was the only one that got killed," Castillo said.

The accident happened on along Highway 176 between Andrews and Eunice. For 10 years, the memorial has gone virtually untouched, until a few months ago.

"I can't believe someone would do this, you know? I cannot believe that someone could stand here and know that he died right here and [still] to do that to his [memorial]," Castillo said.

The site has been vandalized three times within the past three months. The arms of the cross have been bent completely out of shape. The sensor lights have been destroyed. Trinkets placed at the site have been smashed.

"Every time that they do it, we pick it up and put all the flowers and everything back. We can't even find the picture. We don't know where the picture [of him] is. We don't know what they did with it," Castillo said.

The memorial sits on private property. A rancher who lives there let them build the memorial for free. Janie says she reported the last incident to the Andrews County Sheriff's Office. So far, they still don't know who is responsible for these crimes.

"He was a very good kid. He had a 4.0 grade point average. He was going to go to college. He had everything planned out in life. For them to come and do this to him, it doesn't make any sense," Castillo said.

The family is asking for the public's help. If you have any information on this, you are encouraged to call the Andrews County Sheriff's Office at (432) 523-5545 or the Andrews Police Department at (432) 523-5675.