PORTLAND -- The body of a West, Texas explosion victim will be coming back to his family in Portland this week after a desperate search by relatives.
The blast killed 57-year-old Mariano Saldivar while he sat in his apartment building in West, where the father of five had recently moved to retire.
On Tuesday night his family came together in a Southeast Portland home to pray. Uncles, sisters and grandchildren have been praying every night for Saldivar's soul.
"All the time, I ask God, 'Why?' I ask, 'Why him? Why him?" said Saldivar's sister, Belen Saldivar.
Saldivar is one of at least 14 people killed. The blast injured another 200.
Belen watched the devastation that night over and over on TV. She knew his apartment was nearby.
"I called to Texas in the middle of the night. I called every hospital, called family, called friends, everybody looking and watching the news," Belen added.
Two of Saldivar's sons flew to Texas for answers. They passed out missing person fliers to anyone who would look, until the family got the news.
"The next day the officers told the sons they found his body. It really breaks our heart. His son couldn't believe it, they're still in shock," said brother-in-law Juan Gamboia.
The whole family remains that way, shocked and saddened. They just buried Saldivar's father last month.
So Tuesday tonight they leaned on their faith and prayed until Mariano Saldivar can be laid to rest, here at home.
A memorial fund to help with his funeral expenses has been set up at US Bank under "Mariano Saldivar." The burial was scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, with burial following at Gethsemani Cemetery. A memorial will be held Saturday at Mt. Scott Funeral Home, from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.