Family, friends remember local woman, son run down deliberately

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TEMPLE, TX Friends and family gathered Thursday to remember a Temple woman and her adult son who died after they were run over repeatedly by a man who’s now charged with murder.

Marta Garza. (Family photo)

Darrell Gene Holloway, 60, is charged with murder in the late-night hit-and-run run on March 2 that claimed the lives of Maria Marta Garza, 51, and her son Pedro Danny Garza, 33.

Maria Marta Garza’s oldest sister, Maria Cruz, said her sister was the baby of the family and was a loving girl full of life.

“She was always laughing and boisterous,” Cruz said.

The family described Pedro Danny Garcia, as a humorous, responsible young man.

“Danny was awesome, he was amazing, always joking, always laughing, cracking jokes, talking mess, a hard worker,” Garza's cousin, Dora Trammell said.

They say they’re finding comfort relying on each other during this difficult time.

“Even though this was tragic, I would like for them to be remembered for who they were, their personality, they were great, always wanting to give,” Trammell said.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Holloway struck the two with his truck and then backed over or ran into each of them twice.

A witness told police that he “observed a truck rev its engine and then run over someone” and that he then “observed the truck run over two people and back over or run into each person twice.”

The accident happened at around 11 p.m. March 2 at the intersection of South 1st Street and West Avenue O in Temple.

Holloway, whom jail records describe as homeless, was arrested after returning to the accident scene about 20 minutes later.