Guadalupe Arizpe didn't believe it was true when law enforcement first broke the news of her son TMs untimely death.
"I didn't think that it was him," she said while speaking in Spanish.
Maximiliano Arizpe, a 20-year-old from Edcouch, died in a traffic accident last Friday.
It happened more than 1,100 miles away while working on the road in Iowa with a scaffolding company.
Arizpe was traveling westbound along Interstate-80 when he rear-ended another vehicle near mile marker 156, according to Iowa state troopers.
The collision sent both vehicles onto the side of the interstate where an 18-wheeler had been parked.
The vehicle in the front avoided the 18-wheeler but Arizpe did not.
Troopers said he died at the scene.
What caused Arizpe to initially crash into the car in front of him on a busy interstate during the afternoon hours remains under investigation.
No other serious injuries were reported.
Arizpe's 8-year-old brother Antonio Gonzalez took the news hard.
"Sad because he was my best brother," he said. "He would always play with me... like sports, soccer."
Arizpe leaves behind a wife named Jenny who lives in the Mission area, according to family.
He is one of 5 kids.
His father was at a loss for words Monday afternoon and choose not to speak to Action 4 News at this time.
The family says Arizpe received some schooling in the PSJA Independent School District and often traveled for work.
It was a difficult reality for his mother.
"It wasn't easy for me to let him go cause we would spend a lot of time together," she said. "I have no words to express our loss now that he's gone."
Arizpe's body is expected back in the Rio Grande Valley in the next day or so.
Funeral arrangements with Sanchez Funeral Home in Rio Grande City have not yet been set.