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Gabriel Salazar, a TikTok star who had more than 2.3 million followers, died in a car crash earlier this week in Zavala County, Texas, authorities said. He was 19.
Salazar, who was better known as GabeNotBabe on the platform, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday. Three other people were also in the car, police said.
According to a statement released by the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:20 a.m. a deputy overheard a Crystal City Police Department officer initiate a traffic stop on a “white Chevy Camaro that was traveling north on Highway 83.”
The deputy assisted the officer in attempting to deploy a tire deflation device but was unsuccessful. The deputy added that he later heard the CCPD officer advise that “the vehicle had rolled over and that it was fully engulfed in flames.”
The four individuals in the crash were pronounced dead at the scene.
Salazar’s passengers were identified as Jose Luis Jimenez-Mora, 41, Jose Molina-Lara, 23, and Sergio Espinoza-Flores, 36.
“All three passengers were Mexican Nationals,” the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
Salazar was a San Antonio resident.
“The Chevrolet Camaro drove off the road, over-corrected, and traveled across the roadway, onto the west barrow ditch,” DPS said, according to People. “The vehicle struck some trees, rolled several times, and the vehicle caught fire.”
A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of this family refers to Salazar as a funny guy with a “quiet sense of humor and sarcasm” who “loved his family and was always horsing around with [his] sister and little brother.”
“He was always there with a big hug and smile, and his family will never forget those warm moments,” Chris Vasquez, who organized the fund-raiser wrote.
“Words cannot express the heartbreak our entire community is feeling from the loss of our Gabriel,” he added.