FABENS, Texas (KTSM) – The funeral service for 24-year-old Willy Valadez, who died in an accident on a mud track, took place in Fabens on Friday.

A photo of Valadez hung outside Templo Elim, along with a graphic of boxing gloves in the corner.

The young man’s dream was to become a professional boxer, according to his cousin Mary Valadez. She says she’ll never forget his infectious smile.

“Remember him as the special person he was, he made everyone smile, made everyone laugh, there was never a dull moment with this little boy,” said Mary Valadez.

Mary found it difficult to keep smiling without him and started crying during the interview with KTSM 9 News, wishing she could tell her cousin that his parents were being looked after.

“That we love him and everything will be fine because I know he was very worried about his parents,” said Mary Valadez.

Update: 21-year-old man killed, 7 others injured in Fabens mud track collision

Valadez was killed and seven others were injured after the accident at the Fabens mud track on Sunday evening. The mud racing car fell off the track into a crowd and crashed through a metal barrier.

“The worst has happened – something we never expect our families to go through. There were a couple of friends who helped him get out of the incident, ”said Mary Valadez.

The family said Willy would be buried on Saturday.

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