VT Halter Marine explosion victim honored in Thanksgiving Day memorial

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - On a day when the nation stops to give thanks, a Pascagoula community stopped to remember their loved one, 25 year old Alex Caballero.  Caballero was one of two men killed in last week's explosion at VT Halter Marine's Escatawpa shipyard, just off Roberts Rd.  During a Thanksgiving Day memorial service, friends described Alex Caballero as man with a love for life and a smile for everyone.

His young wife Loies described their marriage as a fairytale.  With help from a translator and friend Will Fredo, Loies said she leans on faith, family and fond memories to ease the pain of losing her husband.  She happily recounted memories of Alex.

"He was always, a big smile on his face," Fredo translated.  "He was happy.  She doesn't have words to describe him right now.  He's always happy, smiling, she can't say no more."

Though the days since Alex's death have been difficult, Loies said she has a strong support network, including her family, friends and members of Alex's family.

"She says she's leaving everything in God's hands," Fredo said.  "She's being supported and all that.  She's giving it up to God."

Alex Caballero died Friday in a deadly explosion in the hull of a tugboat, along with one other man, 52 year old Dwight Monroe.  Several coworkers from VT Halter Marine shared their memories of Caballero as a good young man they'll never forget.

"He was good," Fredo said.  "He was a good boy you know, he used to work with us around us and all that.  He will be missed."

Loies said Alex's Thanksgiving Day memorial was no accident at all.  Instead of harboring anger or blame, she thanks God for her husband and the memories she'll keep forever.

"Today is a day we give thanks to God in all that we have," Fredo translated.  "And he gave her a wonderful husband.  And she's leaving everything in God's hands.  God's given her strength through all this."

December 28th would have been Alex and Loies' 2nd anniversary.  The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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