SAN MARCOS SUPPORT: Take a look at all this stuff students have donated to help other students that lost everything in an apartment fire. 200 are currently without a home after a fire killed at least 3 Friday. pic.twitter.com/zyOyTvDuZX— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) July 22, 2018
The City of San Marcos also listed David Ortiz, son of Pasadena Memorial High School teacher Gina Ortiz, as one of the individuals' police are still searching for.
The individuals are:— San Marcos (@CityofSanMarcos) July 20, 2018
We have notified the families of these individuals of the ongoing search. If you have any information, do not hesitate to contact us. (2/2)
(1/4) With very heavy hearts, we have received word that fire investigators recovered three bodies this morning from the scene of the fire. At this time we do not have confirmation of victim names since identification will be done by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office.— San Marcos (@CityofSanMarcos) July 22, 2018
His former assistant principal, Tish Eubanks, described him as a student with his whole life ahead of him.
"He was the kind of kid that you never worried about him making the wrong choices," Eubanks said. "I never worried about him. I knew he was going to go onto college and do great things."
Eubanks said his mom is in San Marcos, waiting to see if he's found.
"All I could tell you is it's a mother's worst nightmare," Eubanks said. "I worried about my kids when they went to college. I'm not going to lie. Let's face it. The things you worry about are public intoxication. You never worry about a fire."
Firefighters say the fire started Friday morning at the Iconic Village Apartment complex, which mostly houses Texas State University students.
The search and recovery efforts were placed on hold over concerns about hotspots and the stability of the wrecked buildings but resumed Sunday.
Officials say a total of seven people were hurt, but only one suffered critical injuries.
Nearly 200 people were displaced. Many of the victims found their way to the San Marcos activity center.
Residents have already started a collection for clothes and food for those affected, but until they can replace everything, many say they are relying on the city and Red Cross to help them find temporary housing.
"These are my friends," San Marcos resident Emily Rayburn said. "I know these people. San Marcos is a little community. We come together."
According to the City of San Marcos, a press conference will be held Monday, to provide an update on the fire operations and ongoing investigation.