Boston-area explosion victim, 18, had ‘bright future’ family says

Leonel Rondon, 18, died after gas explosions in Massachusetts on Thursday, making it on a brick chimney fall on his car, reports said.


Family and friends mourn the 18-year-old man who died in the gas explosions in a suburb of Boston, on Thursday afternoon.

Leonel Rondon of Lawrence, Mass., was with two friends in a car, celebrating after passing a driver’s license, a friend of the family told the Boston Globe. Then, a large brick chimney fell on the roof of the car — on the driver’s side, according to the report.

Rondon was severely injured. His friends “desperately” tried to pull him out of the car, but his body was too “intertwined” with the stone and metal, the Globe.

Eventually Rondon was transported to a hospital, where he later died.

“The family is broken. … This family has only to mourn their son.”

– Luis Medina, old friend

“The family is broken,” Luis Medina, an old friend, told the newspaper. “This family has only to mourn their son.”

Around the two friends remained in the hospital, the FOX affiliate in Boston 25 reported.

Family and friends mourn Leonel Rondon, the 18-year-old killed by debris after a gas explosion in Lawrence yesterday. We have more on the young man, and how his family wants him to be remembered, come on @7News

— Justin Bourke (@JBourkeOn7) September 14, 2018

Just before the incident, Rondon was excited about a new car his mother promised him, and a future new job, the Globe.

“He had a job interview on Sunday,” Altabeira Ventura told the newspaper about her cousin. “And his mother was going to buy him a car. He was a really good guy, really humble.”

Ventura, 39, also called Rondon a “good boy” with a bright future, says the report.

Rondon was a student at Phoenix Charter Academy, reported, citing a statement from the school. He was reportedly set to graduate this year.

“The staff and students knew him as an outgoing, light-hearted, hands-on learner who especially loved science and excelled in biology and mathematics,” the school’s statement said

The school said that “he will be missed at school and at home, his family, friends and loved ones.”

“Woke up early, thinking about Leo, still can’t believe”, Shantel Polanco Baez wrote on Facebook. “Went to sleep in tears now waking up in tears.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Massachusetts to investigate the gas explosion which also wounded at least 25 people and caused fire in dozens of homes, reports said.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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