Friends, family remember mother and son killed in floods

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on November 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 9:20 AM

AUSTIN -- Friends and family gathered on Sunday for a memorial service for 31-year-old Josefina Rodriguez and her eight-month-old son, Jay, who died in the Halloween floods in Austin.

The memorial was held in a field next to the bridge where Rodriguez's vehicle is believed to have been swept away. Private funerals have already been held for both victims, but the memorial service was led by Manchaca Fire chaplain Bill Zidlar.

Among those in attendance was Angela Johnson with Central Texas Fires, an organization that is working to help other families in need.

"Any time that there's dark, low water crossings to be safe out there. She was going to work," Johnson said. "It could have happened to anybody. And maybe [we should] have some lights put up on this bridge. That would be a great thing."

Rodriguez's body was found in Onion Creek around 12 p.m. on Nov. 1. Her son was found four hours later.

Around 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 31, family members received a frantic call from Rodriguez, who was trapped in flood waters on Bluff Springs Road.

The family said they want to thank the community and the Austin Police Department for helping them get donations for the funeral services.

 

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