“They were honestly so in love. They were soul mates. You can tell by how they looked at each other,” Ayram Guerrero, Juan’s older sister, told TIME. “It’s a little comforting that they died together.”
The two men lived together and had been dating for two years. The family plans to bury them side-by-side. “I think my son wanted to do that. That’s why,” said Guerrero’s father, Juan Ramon Guerrero, who shares his son’s name. “I don’t care what the people think. I don’t care.”
“If it’s not a funeral, they were going to have a wedding together,” added Guerrero’s sister.
Guerrero had just finished his first year at University of Central Florida after completing two years of community college. He wanted to be a financial advisor.
Though Christine Leionen did not return TIME's request for comment, she gave a harrowing interview about her son.
Guerrero would have turned 23 in a few days. His family will still celebrate his birthday. “My wife will cook all the food he likes,” his father said.“He was a beautiful kid, a hard worker, friendly, sweet person. I lost part of my life."