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Teens will be buried in native countries

Marta Fuentes, mother of Eduardo Vanegas-Fuentes, becomes emotional

Marta Fuentes, mother of Eduardo Vanegas-Fuentes, becomes emotional as she talks about loss of her son at her Holtsville home. Eduardo Vanegas-Fuentes, 16, and Edgar Calderon-Castro, 19, fell into a cesspool in backyard of a Farmingville home and died. (June 2, 2011) Credit: James Carbone

The families of two teens who died in a backyard accident made plans Friday for a single wake for the pair, described as "brothers," and eventual burials in their native countries.

The teens -- Eduardo Vanegas-Fuentes, 16, and Edgar Calderon-Castro, 19 -- died Thursday after Vanegas-Fuentes fell into a cesspool in Farmingville and his friend followed in a fatal effort to save him.

After a joint viewing early next week, relatives said, the remains of Calderon-Castro will be returned to his native Monjaras, Honduras, a village near the Pacific coast where he grew up with four brothers and a large extended family.

"That's where his mother is, that's where his home is, and that's where he would want to be," said his stepmother, Johanna Calderon, 42.

She said the family is trying to raise the money to send his body back to Honduras. "The family comes together and helps us out in this time," Calderon said. "It's not easy but it's what we're doing."

Vanegas-Fuentes' remains are to be buried in Hidalgo, Mexico, said a family attorney. In 2002, Vanegas-Fuentes, his mother and two siblings came to live with their father in Suffolk County.

The family is asking for donations to raise several thousand dollars, said attorney David Raimondo of Lake Grove.

"They're devastated," he said. "They're laborers and hardworking and they live hand-to-mouth. They have no money, basically."

Viewings will be held at Robertaccio Funeral Home in Patchogue on Monday and Tuesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.

The remains are to be taken to their native countries Wednesday, according to a funeral home representative.

Donations to the Vanegas-Fuentes family can be sent to: In Memory and Trust of Eduardo Vanegas, 1055 Waverly Ave., Holtsville, NY, 11742. The money is to cover funeral costs and the shipping of the remains, Raimondo said.

The teens had been moving a cement cesspool cover in the backyard of a third friend on Wednesday night when Vanegas-Fuentes slipped and plunged into the half-full cesspool. Calderon-Castro jumped in after him.

Both were unconscious by the time rescuers reached the Farmingville home, police said. They were pronounced dead hours apart Thursday morning at a Suffolk hospital.

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