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El Paso mother believes her son is deceased driver in crash stemming from chase that killed 7

Gustavo Cervantes
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Gustavo Cervantes, possible victim of a deadly El Paso car crash.

EL PASO, Texas -- Patricia Cervantes believes her son, 18-year-old Gustavo Cervantes, is one the yet to be identified victims from an El Paso car crash stemming from a Border Patrol chase that killed 7 people.

Cervantes told ABC-7 she went to the crash site early Thursday morning and described her son's tattoos to an El Paso police officer on scene. She said the officer confirmed with her there was a body with tattoos that matched her description.

However, Cervantes is still waiting on confirmation from police on her son's identity. She said she last saw her son Wednesday night.

"I don't know where he's at, where they have him, anything," Cervantes said Friday in tears. "I saw the car, how it ended, and I could just think: what happened to his body, how he looks."

Cervantes described her son Gustavo, who would've been 19 in August, as a troubled young man who was trying to get his life together. She said he had just moved back home two weeks ago and was planning on joining the Navy.

"He seemed like a hard person but deep inside, he had a good heart," she said.

Cervantes also said she recognized the car involved in the crash; it did not belong to her son - but she said he was taking care of it for a friend.

Now, she wants answers from police and Border Patrol about what happened.

"I don't know what to think anymore. I don't know what to believe. It's hard," she said.

Brianna Chavez

Brianna Chavez is an ABC-7 reporter/producer.



  1. Fero the white local asshole describes everyone how he sees the world through his own experiences. Must have a bunch of crackheads in his family. I would bet on it.

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