As people scramble to finish their Christmas shopping two families are mourning the loss of two men murdered back in October.
The families of Marcelino Guerra Sr. and Robert Mata gathered on Sunday at Lake Findley for a two month candlelight vigil in their honor.
“My daughter is out buying candles when she could've been buying a gift for her father,” said Reyna Venezuela, Guerra's ex-wife.
Guerra and Mata, two neighbors united by disabilities were inseparable, family stated.
The men were murdered on Oct. 20 at 5:16 p.m. on County Road 464 near Green Acres. They had gone to the area to cut heavy brush.
The Jim Wells County Sheriff's investigators charged two men, 19-year-old Michael Castro and 18-year-old Andres Garza for Guerra and Mata's murders.
“They took away a husband, father and grandfather,” said Janie Guerra, Marcelino Guerra Sr.'s widow. “My husband and Mata were good men who loved their families, fishing and barbecuing.”
Lake Findley was a special place for Marcelino Guerra Sr. and Mata. They would enjoy the peace and quiet of the water at least three times a week, the family stated.
Juan Mata lost his baby brother that October afternoon.
“We lost two men, but we gained another family,” Juan said. “We can't judge (Castro and Garza) only the man upstairs can.”
The Mata and Guerra families want to know why the two suspects would take their loved ones.
"As the holidays approach things get harder," said Merida Mata, Robert Mata's sister-in-law. "We get through the days through faith in God and prayers."
While the two suspects remain in the custody of law enforcement officials the families of Marcelino Guerra Sr. and Robert Mata keep their memory alive through stories.
During the vigil, tears were wiped away as they remembered the two men with prayers, poems and inspiration songs.
“I'm glad the suspects were caught,” Janie said. “But these kids have lost their whole lives just like we lost. We pray for these kids.”