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Remembering a friend lost in fatal accident

(Source Gilbert Morales) (Source Gilbert Morales)

DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -Just three days after that fatal, head-on car crash in Jefferson County that killed five people, including an unborn child, we are hearing from a friend of one of the victims.

"I was devastated. I didn't want to believe it," said Gilbert Morales.

Gilbert Morales says he has known Daniel Garcia for about six years. They went to Duncan High School together when Garcia was a freshman and Morales was a junior.

"He's loyal. Like when it came to friendship he's very loyal and respectful. He was honest. He didn't care if it hurt your feelings or not. He'll be honest and that's what I liked a lot about him," said Morales.

Morales is in the Reserves as a Marine. He said he was taking a break during a nighttime training exercise Friday night, and spent that time snap chatting with Garcia.

"Then I got his last snap at 8:29 pm and I believe the tragedy happened at 9:00 pm. I couldn't reply to him because we had to go ahead put on our gear and get to working," he said.

Morales says it wasn't until after training was over around midnight that he got a phone call that Daniel had died.

"When he told me that Daniel passed. I told him to shut up. You know don't play around and he was crying and that's how I knew it was real. I dropped my phone and I started crying," he said.

Morales says even though he'll miss fishing, listening to music, and dancing with his best friend he knows that he's in a better place now.

"One person made an impact on everyone and when I say everyone. I mean everyone. Daniel knew someone. Someone knew him. That's just the way it goes especially in a small town like us. He made an impact," he said.

Daniel Garcia's family has started a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral costs. As for the four survivors of that crash, we have learned all are now listed in fair condition, and are alert and talking in the hospital. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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