LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A Valley mother is desperate for news of her son.
She says he is one of five marines missing after a crash off the coast of Japan. One marine is already been confirmed dead and another has been rescued alive.
“I just pray to God that they find him and bring him home.”
Rosa Bennett says her heart is breaking and the unknown is terrifying.
“I was just hoping it was a mistake, that he wasn't in that plane, but he was. It's very hard. I mean I picture him. I just see his face, his smile and then realize I'm not going to see it again.”
She tells us her son, 27-year-old Maximo Alexander Flores, is one of the five missing marines, after two U.S. Marines planes crashed midair on Thursday during a routine training exercise, off the coast of Japan.
“They don't have any updates right now, all they've confirmed is that he is one of the five missing.”
Rosa says her son had a heart of gold and a smile that could light up a room.
“Oh he was just very sweet. Always happy real smart and just a good guy.”
She says he had been in had been in the Marines for nine years and it was his dream to serve his country since he was a little boy and she couldn't be more proud of her son.
“Ever since he was a little kid he would always say, 'I'm gonna go to the Marines. I’m going to the Marines.' And he did. He graduated went into the Marines and was doing really well. He loved serving his country.”