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South Tucson community mourns family of four killed in Sonora

"A lot of people that didn’t know them are concerned and willing to help."
Posted: 12:23 PM, Feb 22, 2024
Updated: 2024-02-22 14:23:24-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tragedy hit in South Tucson over the weekend: A family of four, taken from the world too soon.

Jose Tanco, his wife Yesenia Brito and their two daughters Yasmin and Lilian were killed in a car accident in Sonora.

“He was a very good father, a very good friend,” family friend Ivan Ballestros told me. “He was a taking horse there—that was the plan and it just didn’t happen.”

The City of South Tucson held a moment of silence was held for Jose, Yesenia, Yasmin and and Lilian at its City Council meeting Tuesday.

City of South Tucson holds a moment of silence for Jose, Yesenia, Yasmin and Lilian.

In addition to contributions to an online fundraiser set up by Jose's sister, it's just another way the South Tucson community is making sure their immediate family isn't alone.

“You know, there's a lot of tragedies in the world happening. But this one—a lot of people are involved in this one, a lot of people are coming together helping out with funds and trying to make everything easier for their families.”

Heidi Alagha: “What do you think that says about them, when you see the whole community coming together?"

Ivan Ballestros: "That’s what my wife was telling me yesterday. Its so beautiful, a lot of people that didn’t know them are concerned and willing to help."

Ballestros tells me the community is there to make sure the Tanco-Brito family knows supports is close by:

“Any moral support you guys need, anything you need we are going to be here for you guys. And that's a promise that we make—that we all make to you guys.


Heidi Alagha is an anchor and reporter for KGUN 9. Heidi spent 5 years as the morning anchor in Waco where she was named the best anchor team by the Texas Associated Press. Share your story ideas and important issues with Heidi by emailing or by connecting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.