Eric Huerta Soto
CHINA GROVE - Eric Huerta Soto, age 14, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, as a result of injuries in an automobile accident on Goodnight Road in Rowan County.
He was born Jan. 8, 1998, in Cabarrus County, the son of Carlos C. Soto and Marta Maravillo-Huerta Soto. He was an eighth-grade student at China Grove Middle School, China Grove. He was a top player on the soccer team and participated in wrestling.
He was thought of by his older brother, Carlos, as a young man who loved to make people laugh. He was a hard worker at the Lazy 5 Ranch on Mooresville Highway. He had high goals and dreams that he wanted to achieve to break his brother's All-Conference sports records in soccer at school. He and his brother were very close.
He was looking forward to getting his permit this next summer and helping his brother get a car ready for him when he could drive. He wanted to be like his brother, Carlos, whom he shadowed in most everything he did.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his two brothers, Carlos Soto and Alex Soto of China Grove; maternal grandmother Senida Maravillo Huerta of Mexico; paternal grandfather Arturo Soto of Mexico; and a number of cousins.
Service: The funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Al Raquelme, C.S.s.R. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park, China Grove.
Visitation: The family will receive friends Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Whitley's Funeral Home Annex Chapel, Kannapolis, from 5 p.m. through the night until taken to the church for the service the next day.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com