TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Friends and loved ones are grieving the death of a Fayette County man killed in Houston, TX. 33-year-old Joshua Brazeal was a crew member aboard a tug boat that capsized early Tuesday morning on the San Jacinto River.
The 33-year-old everyone called “Tank” grew up in Berry, Ala. but was living near Tuscaloosa. Friends of his are still coming to grips with the loss, friends like Kylee Marlow, a friend and former girlfriend of Brazeal.
“I still don’t want it to be real, I’m still waiting on somebody to tell me it wasn’t him,” Marlow said.
Brazeal lost his life on early Tuesday morning. Four other crew members also ended up in the water when the tug boat flipped over and sank, but they were rescued. According to the Coast Guard, the river was at a high flood level at the time of the incident. Brazeal’s best friend Dewayne Parr says the victim worked for a Marine services company in Louisiana as a deck hand, but was training to be a tankerman.
“It is hard, it is really hard. Its emotional, and I’m not an emotional person but this is hard knowing he is gone,” Parr said.
While Investigators try to determine what caused the tugboat to capsize, Marlow is struggling and shedding lots of tear remembering her friend.
“He couldn’t walk into a room without making people smile,” Marlow said. “He had the biggest and boldest personality and the best heart. He would go out of way for anybody.”
Marlow tells CBS 42 funeral arrangements have not been set.