READING, Pa. - Angel Burgos just lost a good friend. He said the reality of it has yet to sink in.

"It's crazy," he said. "I went to sleep Friday night. I had spoken to Kenny, I would say, a couple days before."

Then, Saturday morning, his phone rang and he got word that Kenny Ortiz, 22, along with his older brother, Kevin Ortiz, 26, lost their lives in a crash on Route 222 in Ontelaunee Township.

Burgos said he went to Reading High School with Kevin and became close to Kenny while working with him at Buddy's Home Furnishings in Kenhorst.

"I was heartbroken; I broke down in tears," Burgos recalled. "That's my brother. Kenny was my brother."

Burgos said he heard that around 10 p.m. Friday the brothers had pulled off to help a stranded man and woman fix a flat tire.

Police said all three men were standing outside the car to change the right rear tire when a third car hit the brothers' parked car and flipped over. That blow killed Kenny and Kevin and injured three others, including the driver of the third car.

Kevin leaves behind three children, and Kenny an infant son.

Burgos said when he learned how his friend died, he was not surprised.

"I said, 'That's Kenny That's Kenny,'" Burgos said. "He was always there for you. What he was doing that night was something he would do all the time."

One of Kenny's other coworkers, Mary Jo Chirieleison, remembers his contagious laugh and bubbly personality.

"He would come into work and he was never down or upset," she recalled. "He was happy, joking around."

Most of all, she said she'll remember him for his kindness.

"He was like my rock," Chirieleison added. "When I would go through things he would say, 'You got this.'"

Friends said that kindness is his legacy, because his last act on Earth was one of love, lending a helping hand to someone stuck on the side of the road.

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