San Benito boy loses battle for life

Alicia Anguiano // Family Photo

A 5-year-old boy has lost his battle for life following an apartment fire that also claimed the life of his grandmother.

Family members reported that they removed Angelo Martinez from life support on Thursday morning.

Both Martinez and his 64-year-old grandmother Alicia Anguiano were found unconscious inside the East Stenger Street apartment on Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but Anguiano was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics resuscitated 5-year-old Martinez and rushed him to the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.

The boy spent almost one day on life support when family members made the decision to remove him from it on Thursday morning.

Anguiano was a longtime employee with the San Benito CISD Transportation Department.

San Benito CISD mourns loss of Transportation Department employee

School officials have learned that a Wednesday morning apartment fire claimed the life of a longtime San Benito CISD Transportation Department employee.

Administrators and staff are mourning the loss of Transportation Department secretary Alicia C. Anguiano, who had been employed with the school district since 1983. In June, Ms. Anguiano had received a service award for having completed 30 years of dedicated service.

Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limn said, We are deeply saddened to learn about the death of one of our very own. We extend our most sincere and deepest condolences to the Castillo and Anguiano families.

We ask for prayers for the family while they cope with this unexpected and sudden loss, Limn added.

We feel a tremendous loss in the passing of Alicia, a caring and dedicated mother and grandmother, a longstanding employee of our district, and a devoted friend and colleague, said Rolando Monsevalles, Director of Transportation.

Though this is a very difficult loss, we are confident that she is in a better place, and we will deal with the loss just as Alicia would have wanted us to do so, Monsevalles added.