Prayers were offered at a Catholic church in a heavily Hispanic part of Fort Worth on Tuesday night for the victims of a massive earthquake in Mexico.
People streamed into All Saints Catholic Church to pray for missing family members, while others thanked God that their family got out unscathed. A 7.1 magnitude hit central Mexico midday Tuesday.
A lot of people said they had a tough time getting in touch with family since cell towers were damaged and phone lines tied up by first responders.
One woman and her mother got in touch her brother who works at a law firm. They found out he hadn't called because he had been rescuing others from the rubble. But they also learned his son hasn't been heard from.
“My mom was going crazy asking all her other brothers and a sisters if she knew everything -- so they didn't and then after that after a few hours we got a call from one of his other friends at the law firm she said that they were alright but he was out there trying to get people out and rescuing people,” said Annette Fargosa.
Another woman got through to a sister in law who lives in Mexico City. She was okay, but wanted to come to church to praying for the area.
“My other sister in law talked to her and she said she was okay. It was a scare. It was a big deal but they are okay. Thank God,” said Maria Delgado.
These different stories paint the picture of the scramble North Texas families went through today to
Maribel Espinosa lived in Mexico City when the infamous 1985 earthquake hit. She left the city shortly after, traumatized by what she had seen.
“I called my sister a few hours ago because maybe she had news about my nephew ... she did not have news about him,” Espinosa said.
Espinosa said it was very eerie Tuesday’s quake struck the same day as the one in 1985.