Neighbors And Family Remember Two Men Who Died After Oil Rig Accident 4/07/13
CBS 7 News
April 7, 2013
Pictured is Olegario Rios
WARD COUNTY-Soccer-balls dot the yard of the now-quiet home of Olegario Rios where he would play with his three kids. Neighbors say his family will miss their patriarch.
"Shock, unbelievable shock,” said neighbor Genevieve Flores. “You wouldn't believe something like that would happen to good people."
Olegario Rios and Juan Rios are not related, but both lost their lives following an oil rig blow out Friday morning between Barstow and Pyote.
Born in Coahuila, Mexico, neighbors and family paint a picture of Olegario as a hard-working family man. They are searching for answers.
"I hope that whatever caused this accident will be remedied," said Flores.
It hits home in Monahans--where many work in the oilfield every day. Even Olegario's son works in the industry that took his father's life.
"I do think it's dangerous,” said Flores. “But then again you have to make a living, what else can you do around here?"
We did speak to the brother of the other victim Juan Rios, he said his family did not wish to comment at this time. The family of Juan Rios says you can mail donations to their home at 4004 South Ilda St., Monahans, TX 79756.
No word yet on donations for the family of Olegario Rios.