Glendale teacher and family remembered after horrific car crash

Friend and family are heartbroken over the loss of Eli, Susan and their 9-month-old baby, Julissa Caraveo.

PHOENIX - A friend of 29-year-old Susan Caraveo described the woman as a positive and happy woman who impacted many lives as a teacher and treasured being a wife and mother.

"She was such a ray of light, she was so positive and happy. You never saw her without a smile," said Lindsay Benefield.

Caraveo, along with her husband Elias and their 9-month-old baby girl Julissa, was killed in a deadly 25-car pileup on Interstate 10, near the Arizona-New Mexico border. Authorities say strong winds kicked up dust along the busy roadway, creating dangerous driving conditions. 

A family member says the couple was married in 2015 and were overjoyed at the arrival of their daughter. 

Caraveo was a second-grade teacher at Desert Spirit Elementary School in Glendale and had recently accepted a new position as a kindergarten teacher in the east Valley.

"I was fortunate enough to know her for so long and was there from the beginning when she met her husband and was planning her wedding. She was absolutely in love," Benefield said.

"I was really looking forward to seeing her grow more as a teacher and a friend and a mother. She was close to my own two children and we had plans to spend time together over the summer. It's unimaginable."

A fundraising account has been set up to cover funeral expenses for the family who will be laid to rest in Mexico. 

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