Family of couple killed in hot air balloon crash share fond memories as they face loss
Marcus said the images on social media add to his family’s pain.
“Some people thought it would be okay to go live on Facebook, not just once, but three times in total, and actually have footage of, whatever, the ball crashing, disconnecting and fall to the ground, ”he said. “And I thought it was a good idea to get on the gondola after it crashed and get some video footage of what we found out was our deceased parents inside the basket. I – we’re very disgusted and upset with these people. “
The family is trying to cope with what has happened.
They said Mary and Martin were full of life. They met in 1983 under strange circumstances.
“Mary worked at Godfather’s Pizza in the Valley,” said Mary’s brother Manny Sisneros. “And Marty was a cop, and Mary got robbed one night, and Marty was one of the cops who responded.”
“It was like her knight in shining armor was coming to her and comforting her. It’s a fairytale story,” Manny added.
Soon after, they married and expanded their family.
“One thing my mom and dad have always said is’ don’t focus on the money, focus on your family. The money will always be there. The family won’t always be there. time with them while you can, ”Martinez’s son Manuel said.
When Martin left the military, he joined the Albuquerque Police Department. He would eventually retire, but returned to work as an officer in Albuquerque Public Schools.
“When it comes to law enforcement, I think he would like all cops to stay strong,” Manuel said.
But it was Mary’s community that took them to the hot air balloon flight. Susan Montoya, assistant principal of an APS school, was offered a hot air balloon ride for four people. Susan knew Mary from her Zumba class.
“She gave it to my mom as a thank you gift for all she’s done,” Manuel said.
“When Mary told me she was riding, she said, you know, I’ve always wanted since I was little. She wanted to ride in a hot air balloon. And they asked me, because I was and they asked me if it was safe. And I told them, when I got up, it was safe, “Manny said.
They said they were surprised they took the hot air balloon ride because Martin liked to stay home and play with the dogs.
“I just think my mom was probably terrified, and I’m thankful my dad was there, being the cool headed guy he was, probably telling him everything would be fine, probably holding her tight,” Marcus said. .
We miss Mary and Martin, in ways big and small.
“I know I’m going to miss my mom, texting me out of nowhere saying, ‘Hey baby, just so you know, we’ve got this if you wanna come. “And just saying ‘I love you’,” Marcus said.
A donation event for the Martinez family will be held Friday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, located at 1860 Griegos Rd. NO.