SALT LAKE CITY – Just four months after starting a new life in Utah, a Venezuelan family was left without their father after a terrible construction incident in southern Jordan.
The Gonzalez family had to endure one of the toughest things a family can face, but they said they were grateful for the friends, family members, and complete strangers who have come together to show them they are not alone.
The Gonzalez family memories are full of happy moments and hope.
This year marked the beginning of a new life for her.
“To make our dreams come true,” said 22-year-old Carlos Gonzalez Jr.
Gonzalez fled the political crisis in Venezuela with his parents and younger sister and moved to Utah in February.
“They always wanted us to have the best opportunities to grow up and study,” he said.
Gonzalez, a former Colorado Rockies baseball player, faced the reality of life without his greatest cheerleader and friend – his father.
“It feels like we’re living a bad dream,” he said.
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On June 15, Carlos Gonzalez Sr., 46, was working on a new construction site in southern Jordan when officials say a trench collapsed over him.
The incident occurred near 6000 West Moon Valley Drive and Ivy Glenn Way.
When the fire department arrived, construction teams tried life-saving measures, but the victim was pronounced dead on the spot.
“Of course we want answers, but at the same time we don’t feel ready to process this feeling,” said the 22-year-old.
It’s a loss that Gonzalez and his family are still trying to come to terms with.
“He got the job to look after us,” he said.
Gonzalez began to rely on his faith and his father’s example of optimism and strength to see it through.
“I feel stronger because I feel like he’s helping me,” he said. “I have to look after my family now, just as he took care of us.”
There is also the outpouring of love and support that Gonzalez said was inundated with friends and complete strangers who now feel like family.
“They won’t leave us alone, that’s why we feel so grateful to all the people,” he said.
The investigation into the collapse of the trench is ongoing.
In the meantime, the Gonzalez family is taking over with the help of a * GoFundMe. the funeral and other expenses Account.
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