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Family: We finally get closure

Created: 08/01/2014 6:09 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's been two weeks since a suspected drunk driver killed a mother and daughter outside Hobbs. And Friday, finally, their family was able to put the mother and daughter to rest.

"Finally we get closure," said Evelyn Leyba.

A tragic accident took a mother and daughter too soon. Priscilla Mungia and her daughter Viviana were on their way home from a funeral when a suspected drunk driver hit them head on.

After the accident, the first grader had to be identified by dental records. It took the Office of the Medical Examiner 13 days to release the 6-year-old's body, but it was unclear exactly why.

"We thought last week we were going to have a funeral and whatever the DNA or dental records, whatever they were waiting on," said Ramon Leyba. "We know it's an important process we have to go, but we've been delayed."

It's not the first time this kind of tragedy has hit this family. Priscilla's mom, Josephine Mungia, was also killed by a suspected drunk driver in New Mexico in 1980.

Josephine was buried in the Lovington cemetery and that's where Priscilla and Viviana were buried too.

Three generations killed by suspected drunk drivers. All laid to rest together. It was a day to remember how this mother and daughter lived.

"Angel on earth, her and Vivi both were angels on earth," said Ramon Leyba.

As the family tries to make sense of an accident that never should have happened.

"You know there are so many people out there that are willing to help you get home," said Ramon Leyba.

"There was nothing wrong, we didn't do anything wrong," said Evelyn Leyba. "It was just somebody else's choice of ending our family's life."

Mothers Against Drunk Driving helped the family acquire $12,000 to pay for the funeral costs.


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