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Falling tree kills Hesperia teen in yard

September 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A family mourns the death of a teenage brother, killed when a tree in front of their home fell on him. The teenager was helping out around the house Tuesday night taking out the trash when the tree came down in the front yard of his home on Zircon St. in Hesperia. The tree hit the teen, killing him.The palm tree still lay in the front yard Wednesday of the Hesperia home less than 24 hours after it came crashing down. It was a freak accident that took the life of 15-year-old Moises Casas.

For 9-year old Elias Casas, it's tough to find words on the day after his only brother was killed.

"He was a good brother," said Elias. "We have fun together."

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Family friend Rocio Enriquez says Moises was simply doing his chores, taking the trash cans to the street from his house.

"And because of the wind, he went and threw the trash, and he was close to the trash cans when the palm went down and got him," said Enriquez.

"It sounded like a car accident, that's how hard the thump was," said neighbor Richard Rubio.

Rubio was at home when it happened.

"I ran and I jumped out there and I was like, 'Oh my God,'" said Rubio. "It was one of the worst things I'd ever seen."

The boy's mother, Marta Casas, says her son was a good kid and a great friend, a boy who was always up early, always at school on time.

His sudden death has deeply affected everyone involved.

"I couldn't even sleep, I was just looking at this poor kid all night in my head," said Rubio.

His death has also affected a lot of people at Oak Hills High School. Casas was on the soccer team here as a goalie.

Counselors will be on hand to help students deal with Tuesday night's tragic accident.

You can make a donation to the family at any U.S. Bank branch:
Moises Casas Memorial Fund
Account #153467079858