MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Mario Torres will be remembered as a good, kind man, a loving husband and father, and a son who looked forward to making tacos with his dad every Tuesday.
The father of six died unexpectedly this past weekend. He is the second person now who has lost his life after a shooting at a food truck event in Mesa nine months ago. Mesa police have arrested Larry T. Miller, 29, and Chazmon Ray Washington, 31, in connection with the shooting.
"There was something about cooking in the family that just made him happy," said Felicia Torres, Mario's wife. "He loved it. He was the most selfless person you could ever meet."
Felicia Torres said her husband's sudden death came as a complete shock, especially since Mario had been doing so well in the months following the shooting. Back in October, Mario was one of seven people shot when someone opened fire at a food truck event near Dobson and Guadalupe roads in Mesa. According to police, a vehicle stopped in the roadway and somebody inside opened fire, shooting into the crowd of people. A 1-year-old boy, Sebastian Duran, died from his injuries.
"From what he told me he was cooking and just remembers the sounds go off," said Torres. "He fell down to the ground. He saw one of the other cooks that also got hit fall to the ground. He just remembers all the commotion, all the screaming, seeing the injured kids."
Mario had been recovering from his injuries. He was a big Suns fan and was said to be excited to see the team in the NBA Finals. He was cooking out with family Saturday night and seemed fine, his wife said. The next morning he was found dead. The exact cause of death is still unclear.
"His PTSD has just been awful," said Torres. "We couldn't even be in the grocery store. If someone was walking too fast, he would panic. The day before he passed away, he had a horrible panic attack, just being in a crowd with his family."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Mario's family with funeral expenses.