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POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 12:16pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 12:18pm

The El Paso high school football community is rallying together after two separate accidents claimed the lives of a Grandmother of a Bowie High football player and another multi-car crash takes the life of a Chapin father, who was also a YISD school teacher.

Two separate accidents, from the dangerous and icy weather, on Saturday claimed the lives of Hector Perales, a father of a Chapin football player.

Danny Sanchez-Cano, a Bowie Bear football player, also lost his grandmother. Cano was just named to El Paso's Football All-Star Senior Showcase West team on Sunday, the day after his grandmother's passing.

"We're all kind of shook up,” Coach Robert Padilla of the Bowie Bears said.

Both teams are stranded, aiting for the weather to improve. Chapin in Amarillo, Bowie in Midland.

And both are dealing with the tragic news away from El Paso.

"Actually, the football game was probably the least important thing of this whole weekend with the loss. Nothing is worth, somebody's life,” Coach Rene Hernandez of Chapin Football team said.

YISD confirmed Perales' passing in a statement saying in part that, “Mr. Perales was a motivator, a father figure, and truly cared about his students at Pasodale. He will be greatly missed,” the statement by Dr. Anna L. Perez, Interim Superintendent of YISD read.

Meanwhile, football players on both teams are trying to help each other through this tragic time.

"Some kids are very down. Some kids are wandering around trying to talk to each other,” Coach Padilla said over the phone.

"We're upbeat as we can be under the circumstances,” Coach Hernandez told us.

And even though both teams are hours away from El Paso, the Midland community has been helping the Bowie Bears with the news, "The great thing about being here is that these families here in Midland have come together and helped us out, and like I said the high schools been kind to us,” Coach Padilla explained.

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