David and Caleb Barajas just couldn't get enough of the Houston Texans - a pair of fully-absorbed fans in that special way only football loving boys can be.
"They were diehard Texans fans, diehard," said Lacey Mann, a family friend.
At a jam packed funeral home within the city limits of Alvin those who will miss the Barajas boys did their best to say goodbye with many donning the Texans red, white and blue.
It was a tribute to the passion of young lives cut suddenly and horribly short on a dark country road.
"It was a tragedy that didn't have to happen. I feel for the family and I know now that they are not suffering and they are in a good place," said Esmerelda Cruz, a Barajas family friend.
On Dec. 7, just after 11 p.m. Caleb and David were helping push their father's disabled truck. That's when a car driven by 21-year-old Jose Banda slammed into the pickup from behind.
It happened just a few dozen yards from the family home.
12-year-old David died at the scene. 11-year-old Caleb succumbed at the hospital.
As for the man who hit them, he perished as well.
The Harris County Medical Examiner says the driver who killed Caleb and David died from a gun shot wound to the head.
What investigators are struggling to learn is exactly when that bullet entered Jose Banda's brain, before or after the collision.
Investigators say no gun has been recovered at the scene, but shots were heard after the wreck.
That means after laying their boys to rest Red and Cindi Barajas may face some uncomfortable questions about what happened in the terrible minutes after their boys were taken.
"My heart goes out to the mom because I have kids and I know what its like," said Cruz.
Brazoria County detectives will say only that "a methodical investigation" lies ahead in the weeks to follow this day of profound grief.
"Our kids are struggling through it and its definitely been a horrible tragedy," said Mann.
The Barajas brother's father sustained minor injuries in the crash. The boy's mother and two sisters were inside the truck at the time of the fatal collision, but were unhurt.