A funeral was held on Monday for the 36-year-old U.S. Army Major who was killed with his two young daughters in a Kentucky car crash over Memorial Day weekend.
Agustin “Augie” Gonzalez was with three of his children, Noelle Gonzalez, 6, Gwendolyn Gonzalez, 2, and Nicholas Gonzalez, 8, when his 2013 Dodge Caravan struck a tow truck that had stopped in the lanes to help a driver who had been involved in a previous crash, according to CBS affiliate WKYT. Their 8-year-old son survived the accident.
Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the news outlet, while daughters Noelle and Gwendolyn were taken to two separate hospitals, where they later died. Nicholas, who experienced minor injuries and survived, was hospitalized, the outlet reported.
His wife, Melissa Gonzalez, and their newborn son, Gabriel, were on a flight to meet them in Colorado Springs, Colorado, an update from a GoFundMe page set up for the family said. Military officials and family friends were at their home when Gonzalez arrived and gave her the news.
A visitation for Gonzalez and his daughters was at the Greenville Memorial Home in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Sunday, according to NJ.com. A funeral mass was held on Monday morning at St. Aedan’s Church in Jersey City, PEOPLE confirms.
According to the NJ.com, Gonzalez earned his master’s degree in public policy from Duke University through the Downing Scholars Program, and then returned to active duty.
A GoFundMe page was created for the family and has since raised over $190,000.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Caitlin Keating