May 31, 2018 01:35 PM
Families and co-workers of a young couple are searching for answers after their car crashed in Shoreview early Thursday morning, killing them both.
Authorities with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office identified 21-year-old Analisa Dominique Leal and 34-year-old Jose Antonia Campiz Sandoval as the victims in the crash. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Leal's family gathered Thursday afternoon at her mother's home in Roseville to make arrangements.
Her sister-in-law, Grace Herberg, said the 21-year-old was the youngest of eight siblings.
"Even at 21, we still called her baby Ana," Herberg said.
Leal cared deeply for her family. Herberg said she spent time with dozens of nieces and nephews.
"I still feel like she's going to pull up in her car and we're going to be here," Herberg said.
Leal worked as a manager at La Casita Mexican Restaurant, where Sandoval was a server. Family said the two had known each other for many years.
Katherine Carpenter was a co-worker at the restaurant, and watched the pair's friendship grow into something more.
"The both were just so lovely," Carpenter said. "They fell in love really fast and it was really sweet to see."
Hours before the crash, Leal's family said the couple made the decision of a lifetime.
"Ana and Jose came over here, and Jose asked Analisa's parents' permission to move in with her and to marry her, and her parents gave that blessing," Herberg said.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the families with memorial arrangements.
Updated: May 31, 2018 01:35 PM
Created: May 24, 2018 08:31 PM
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