Victim: Rojas was an eighth grade student at Clark Middle School
A 14-year-old boy from Texas was electrocuted after stepping into a puddle with a downed power line in it during a powerful storm this weekend.
Laredo police spokesman Joe E. Baeza confirmed that Aldo Jordani Rojas died from electrocution on Sunday. Corinne Stern, the Webb County medical examiner, said the death is being ruled as accidental.
Rojas was an eighth grade student at Clark Middle School.
‘UISD sends heartfelt condolences to the Rojas Lopez family,’ Clark Middle School Principal Melissa Ramirez said in a statement, according to LMTonline.com.
‘He was an excellent student who was well liked by his teachers and peers.
‘This is a difficult time for everyone, but I know our students and staff will lean on each other as they fondly remember their classmate.’
Baeza says the police investigation will include trying to determine when the power line came down.
A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money to send his body back to the family’s native Guatemala. As of Monday night, $600 had been raised.
Rojas was 14. He is seen above in Facebook photos. A GoFundMe has been set up for his family
On the fundraising page his sister says: ‘My beautiful baby brother now rests in peace. Aldo Rojas was a former middle schooler about to graduate and start the road to what was seen as the four glorious years of high school.
‘He was taken from us too soon in his early 14 years of life. He died from electrocution after stepping into a puddle containing a downed power line. It happened at the intersection of Hillside Road and Alabama Avenue.
‘The wire was still hanging when our mother saw the tragic death. The police, firefighters, and news crew arrived, but nothing was done but to clear the area.
Aldo Jordani Rojas, 14, was electrocuted in Laredo, Texas on Sunday after stepping into a puddle that had a power line in it during a powerful storm. Pictured, massive flooding as a result of the storm in the area
‘Timed passed and his soul was taken by the Lord leaving his body for us to mourn. After everything, the power company crew comes and cuts the wire down.
‘My brother fought to stay alive because that is what he is – a fighter. He did not deserve to die the way he did.
‘Destiny gave me a marvelous and unforgettable day with my brother before his last breath was taken.
‘I was always busy and I didn’t get to be the sister he deserved, but the day before his death we spent it together playing, running, swimming, joking, talking, and competing.
‘We had a brother sister bonding time. I thought that I had more time with him to be better. I thought that that day was the start of a stronger bond between him and me.
The storm damaged roofs, downed trees and caused power outages, and several schools were closed on Monday
‘God had other plans for my brother, Aldo. The Lord had already called for him and was giving me a chance to have what I always wanted, to see my baby brother as he was. Not a shy and fragile baby brother, but a strong, intelligent young man.
‘We always protected each other, but that day I couldn’t. He and I we were always together. Wherever I went he went and vice-versa, but that day we were apart.
‘That day I couldn’t protect him. Now he will be the one protecting all of us. He was a Friend, A Brother, A confidant, A partner in crime, a Son, and An Uncle.’
Heavy rain, hail and strong winds whipped their way through the area on Sunday. The storm damaged roofs, downed trees and caused power outages, and several schools were closed on Monday.
The US Customs and Border Protection said effects of the storm caused operations to be temporarily suspended at the World Trade Bridge, which is only for commercial traffic between the US and Mexico.