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Sampson teen, siblings killed in Georgia wreck

Posted March 4, 2009

— Students and faculty at Midway High School say they are stunned and devastated by a wreck this past weekend that killed three siblings, one of whom was a freshman.

Jesus Balderas, 16, died in the single-car collision, along with his brother, Javier Baldera, 22, and sister, Yuliana, 20, Saturday night near Atlanta, where they were visiting friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending, and the school has placed a box in the cafeteria to raise money to help with funeral expenses for the three.

"They need help because that's just – no parent should have to bury their own children," said J.D. Shasky, a friend who had known Jesus Balderas since sixth grade.

"I didn't know how to take it," Shasky said. "I mean, we were all joking around on Friday."

Friends described Balderas as shy, often quiet and always available for friends. He played soccer on the Midway men's team.

"He cared for you," student Kelsey Daswon said. "He was just there, just living life."

"He's the kind of guy that would make you laugh a lot," classmate Araceli Espinoza said. "If you were down, he'd make you laugh – a lot.”


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  • loverofsos01 Mar 6, 2009

    i knew this boy he goes to my school he was a good friend and he was always there for u when u needed him i will continued to keep his family in my prays. he was a really shy person we didnt talk alot but when people was down in the dumps they alwa ys cheerred them up please people keep our school in your prays to there alot of kids here that need pray and to help them though the rough times please keep all prom nites in ya prays to so that no one will getr in a wreak or hurt and please keep my school in ur prays and all teenagers that are going to prom i knoe bout every year someone from midway gets in a wreak on the way to prom or from prom to home i just pray this year it wont happen!♥

  • pebbles262004 Mar 5, 2009

    So sad, So sorry for their parents and other family members. This is just horrible. May God give you the grace and strength that you need at this time to carry you.

  • sflirtingwith40 Mar 5, 2009

    This is horrible. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • haggis basher Mar 5, 2009

    That must be so hard on the Family....I know what losing one child did to my Parents.....three must me beyond horror.

  • Weaker Pelosi Mar 5, 2009

    Can't even begin to imagine.

  • kurlygirly86 Mar 4, 2009

    How horrible.

  • anne53ozzy Mar 4, 2009

    Is there a fund set up at a local bank or charity for donations to ease the financial burden on these parents at this terrible time? God help them and give strength and comfort.

  • mycatbubba Mar 4, 2009

    Oh, these poor parents!!!!!!!!!! I can't imagine what they are going through. My prayers are with the entire family. So, so sad.