Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion victim continues to mourn the loss of their loved one a month later.

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Gatesville explosion victim becomes organ donor

Posted at 7:15 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 20:36:51-04

The family of one the Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion victim continues to mourn the loss of their loved one a month later.

Filiberto Morales, who was working on the HVAC system for a subcontractor at the construction site, died from a head injury.

Morales leaves behind an 11-year-old son and his wife, who were married last year.

Morales’ mother, Rosalina De Paz, remembers the day of the explosion as the worst day of her life.

"Sometimes I think this is a nightmare and that he is still with us,” De Paz said.

The tragedy changed the life of the mother of six, forever. Since his death, Rosalina has been praying with her family every night in front of the makeshift memorial in her living room.

"It's hard for me to fall asleep. I keep remembering early memories of his life and more recent ones,” De Paz said.

His brother, Pablo Morales De Paz, also keeps memories of the 36-year-old close to his heart. He recalls the last time he saw Morales was the day before when he went in for a haircut at his barbershop.

"It's hard for me to start to accept that he is no longer with us and that we have to continue our lives without him,” Pablo said.

Morales became an organ donor after his death. Rosalina now hopes to meet the recipients at some point.

"I would love to meet them and tell them they have a piece of someone who was very important to me,” Rosalina said.

Morales’ employer who was also injured in the blast visited the family yesterday. They said he shared that he doesn’t remember much about the explosion, only a few moments leading up to the blast.

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