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TikToker was driving undocumented Mexican immigrants during fatal crash during Texas police chase


TikTok star Gabriel Salazar, 19, was driving three undocumented immigrants from Mexico during the night of his fatal, high-speed police chase in Texas, according to reports. 

Police in Zavala County tried stop Salazar – known as GabeNotBabe on social media – around 1:25am on Sunday (September 26), but the teenager kept speeding until he crashed into several trees and rolled over. The car burst into flames. 

It’s unclear why police tried to pull over Salazar’s 2014 white Chevrolet Camaro, which has a top speed of 184mph and costs nearly $25,000, but police said he refused to stop.

Cops deployed a tire deflation system, but it failed.  

Salazar along with three undocumented Mexican immigrant passengers – later identified as Luiz Jimenez Mora, 41, Jose Molina-Lara, 23, and Sergio Espinoza-Flores, 36 – all died in the fiery crash, WOAI in San Antonio reported.  

Officials from the La Pryor Fire Department, Crystal City Volunteer Fire Department and Alamo EMS responded and told News4 San Antonio that they had trouble putting out the fire because fuel kept spewing from a ruptured gas tank and fed the inferno.  

TikTok star Gabriel Salazar, 19, has died following a car accident on Sunday in Zavala County, Texas. He was known as GabeNotBabe on social media and boasted more than 2million followers on TikTok and 757,000 on Instagram

According to the police report, officers tried to stop Salazar while he was driving a white Chevrolet Camaro around 1.25am but he refused to pull over. The car eventually crashed into a tree and rolled over multiple times before catching fire. All four people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene (pictured)

According to the police report, officers tried to stop Salazar while he was driving a white Chevrolet Camaro around 1.25am but he refused to pull over. The car eventually crashed into a tree and rolled over multiple times before catching fire. All four people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene (pictured)

In his last Instagram post, Salazar leaned on the hood of a white Chevrolet Camaro wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants and white sneakers and captioned the photo, which he shared with his more than 757,000 followers: 'Should I get my septum back?'

In his last Instagram post, Salazar leaned on the hood of a white Chevrolet Camaro wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants and white sneakers and captioned the photo, which he shared with his more than 757,000 followers: ‘Should I get my septum back?’

Salazar joined TikTok in 2019 and accumulated more than 2million followers before his sudden death. He often shared videos of himself lip syncing and dancing.

On Instagram – where he has more than 775,000 followers – the Brownsville, Texas, native showed off his love for cars and posed with the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro just days before the fatal crash in his last post before the crash.  

In that last post, Salazar is seeing leaning on the hood of the white Camaro wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants and white sneakers and captioned the photo: ‘Should I get my septum back?’ He was referring to a nose piercing. 

Salazar had two Instagram story highlights dedicated to cars on his profile, too – one titled Whip and another simply of an emoji of a red car.

Before the photo with the Camaro he shared a lot of photos of a Black Ford Mustang. In one story highlight, a driver did donuts in the sports car in a parking lot with a friend in the passenger seat. 

In another clip, he filmed a pickup drug doing donuts around a lamppost. It was unclear if Salazar was in the driver’s seat in either video.

‘I’m niceee [sic] with it’ he wrote on another video of a car skidding on an empty street at night. In one clip Salazar posted, the speedometer showed that the unidentified driver was going 90mph.

Sunday’s fatal crash happened five days after his latest post. His older sister Danna Salazar, confirmed her brother’s death on Instagram Monday night, and tributes for the young social media personality immediately flooded in. 

Danna captioned a series of photos of her brother in Spanish: ‘I’d give anything to have you here with us, we need you so much. I’ll no longer be able to see your beautiful smile. I love you little brother. I hope to see you soon.’  

Salazar’s best friend and fellow TikToker Ricky Flores started the hashtag ‘LLG’ – Long Live Gabe – alongside photos he posted of him and his late friend. 

Officials from the La Pryor Fire Department, Crystal City Volunteer Fire Department and Alamo EMS responded to the scene

Salazar was driving the car when the accident happened

Officials from the La Pryor Fire Department, Crystal City Volunteer Fire Department and Alamo EMS responded and told News4 San Antonio that they had trouble putting out the fire due to a ruptured gas tank that was spilling fuel

Salazar showed off his love for cars on his Instagram page, where he has more than 775,000 followers and in a story highlight, he filmed a pickup drug doing donuts around a lamppost (pictured)

Another Instagram story highlight he filmed a driver doing donuts in a black Mustang sports car in a parking lot (pictured) with a friend in the passenger seat

Salazar showed off his love for cars on his Instagram page, where he has more than 775,000 followers. Before the photo with the Camaro he shared a lot of photos of a Black Ford Mustang. In one story highlight he filmed a driver doing donuts in the sports car in a parking lot (right) with a friend in the passenger seat. In another clip, he filmed a pickup drug doing donuts around a lamppost (left). It was unclear if Salazar was in the driver’s seat in either clip

‘Words can’t even explain how I feel right now. Man I would do anything to get you back right now bro,’ he added.

Flores also gave an emotional speech at Salazar’s funeral, which took place Wednesday at 4pm in San Antonio, Texas.

‘We have so much memories together, man…I know he would love to see all these people here for him,’ he said through tears.

A GoFundMe page set up by another one of Salazar’s friends, Chris Vasquez, as a memorial fund. 

As of Saturday morning more than 2,200 donors raised over $38,000 – well above its $25,000 goal.

‘I don’t know what’s real and not real anymore but unfortunately Gabe past away in a car crash September 26 . We couldn’t believe it the moment we found out. Don’t really want to get into details because it’s so hard for us to even talk about the pain he went through,’ Vasquez wrote on the GoFundMe page. ‘Never expected this happen but now you’re watching over us.

‘Gabriel loved his family and was always horsing around with her sister and little brother . He was always there with a big hug and smile, and his family will never forget those warm moments. He was so funny with a quiet sense of humor and sarcasm. I cannot believe that I am sitting here writing this. How is this real life?’ 

His funeral took place Wednesday at 4pm in San Antonio, Texas, and a GoFundMe was set up by one of Salazar's friends as a memorial fund

His funeral took place Wednesday at 4pm in San Antonio, Texas, and a GoFundMe was set up by one of Salazar’s friends as a memorial fund

Flores gave an emotional speech at Salazar's funeral. 'We have so much memories together, man...I know he would love to see all these people here for him,' he said through tears

Flores gave an emotional speech at Salazar’s funeral. ‘We have so much memories together, man…I know he would love to see all these people here for him,’ he said through tears

Salazar's best friend and fellow TikToker Ricky Flores (right) started the hashtag 'LLG' - Long Live Gabe - alongside photos he posted of him and his late friend

Salazar’s best friend and fellow TikToker Ricky Flores (right) started the hashtag ‘LLG’ – Long Live Gabe – alongside photos he posted of him and his late friend

‘Gabriel loved his family and was always horsing around with her sister and little brother. He was always there with a big hug and smile, and his family will never forget those warm moments,’ he said as a tribute to his friend on the GoFundMe page.

‘He was so funny with a quiet sense of humor and sarcasm. I cannot believe that I am sitting here writing this. How is this real life?’ Vasquez, who is also a popular TikToker with 1.3million followers on the app, added.

Salazar had recently graduated from a Texas high school and decided to pursue content creation full time. 

He is survived by his parents, older sister and younger brother, who he did not often reveal on his social media pages.

Salazar's older sister Danna Salazar (pictured right with her brother), confirmed her brother's passing on Instagram Monday night and tributes for the young influencer immediately flooded in

Salazar’s older sister Danna Salazar (pictured right with her brother), confirmed her brother’s passing on Instagram Monday night and tributes for the young influencer immediately flooded in



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