Celeste Crystal Velasquez, 17, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1991, in Corpus Christi to Rogelio C. Velasquez and Linda G. Tijerina. She was a student at Banquete High School and was the pitcher for her high school softball team. Celeste was involved with various school activities.

Survivors are her mother, Linda (Sandra Rodriguez) Tijerina of Banquete; her father, Rogelio Velasquez of Houston; her sisters, Cynthia Velasquez, Gigi, Rozina, Melinda, Denise, Kristian and Nicole; her brother, Sergio Velasquez; her maternal grandparents, Jesse and Diana Molina of Banquete; maternal great-grandmother, Elma Gonzalez of Banquete; her uncles, Raul (Michelle) Tijerina, Richard Molina and Christopher Molina; her aunts, Elizabeth (Ramon) Vera and Debbie (James) Gardner; Maria Key, Minerva Alonza; her high school sweetheart, Randy Valdez; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, teachers and friends.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Banquete. Interment followed at Banquete Cemetery.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.