Classmates Remember Wreck Victim’s Big Smile, Sense of Humor

ALBERTVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-An 18-year-old Albertville man who was one of four people killed in Sunday’s fatal highway wreck in Marshall County is being remembered for his big smile and infectious sense of humor.

18-year-old Ruben Pachecho graduated from Albertville High School just two months ago, and many of his classmates say they still can’t believe Ruben died in the horrific crash on Highway 431, just north of Guntersville.

“It feels like we lost a family member,” said Chris Graben, a friend of Pacheco’s and fellow member of Albertville High’s 2013 class. “He was family, and we graduated with him. We saw him get his diploma, and right then he was happy, and it’s just sad to know that his life was taken away from him.”

Friends say Ruben’s constant smile and ability to bring humor to any situation were trademarks of the popular teen, who had a knack for making friends with classmates from all backgrounds and playing hackey sack in the hallways.. A Facebook memorial page created in Pacheco’s honor had already gained more than a thousand likes since first popping up Monday.

“He always did light up a room with his smile and positivity,” said classmate Sydney Cochran. “We’re a family and we lost a family member.”

“He was very nice, very friendly,” said Graben. “He always laughed, and would bring you up when you were down.”

Adams Brown Service Funeral Home in Albertville is handling arrangements for Ruben Pacheco’s family. Service times are still pending.