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EXCLUSIVE: Boyfriend of Crane Teen Killed in Mexico Crash Speaks Out

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16-year-old Stefanie Alvarez 16-year-old Stefanie Alvarez

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

CRANE - Brady Thomas was dating 16-year-old Stefanie Alvarez. Thomas spoke with NewsWest 9 exclusively on Monday about the shock of losing his girlfriend and her parents in a tragic accident in Mexico.

Thomas said the family was in Mexico for about a month visiting Stefanie's sick grandmother. The teen said Stefanie was like most young girls. 

"She was so sweet. She'd never do anything to hurt anyone. Everywhere she went, she was trying to put a smile on someone's face," he said.

Thomas said Alvarez had big dreams.

"She'd always tell me, 'One day I'm going to be a Tech Twirler.' And I'd encourage her and say, 'Yeah you will be,'" he remembered.

Stefanie, her mom and her dad were killed in a wreck on their way back to the United States on Sunday morning. Thomas recalled how he learned the news.

"Her best friend, Clarissa, her mom told me Stephanie had passed, and her sister was in critical condition and her brother was fine," he said, while holding back tears.

According to Mexican news outlets, the family's truck lost control and rolled. Thomas said the family got out of the car and that's when tragedy struck.

"They flipped their vehicle and they got out cause the luggage was in the middle of the road. They went to go get it and a vehicle hit them," Thomas said.

The teen said he and Stefanie talked a lot while she was away and he shared their last conversation.

"The last thing we said to each other was good night, I love you," he said.

Thomas said the loss is great and unlike anything he's ever felt.

"I keep telling myself it's not true. But when reality comes, it's true. God had a plan for her and it's what he chose," he said.

Thomas told NewsWest 9 that he heard Stefanie's sister's condition was upgraded to stable. All funeral services will happen in Mexico.

A bank account for the family has been set up at Security State Bank. If you would like to help out, just ask for the Jessica Canter or Elizabeth Escalante account for the Alvarez family.