Couple Dies Days Apart After Condo Explosion in Mexico: ‘A Week of Fighting for Their Lives’

Maricela Caballero and husband Gabriel Nunez were seriously injured in November following an explosion at the Tulum condo, according to their family

<p>Gofundme</p> Maricela Caballero and Gabriel Nunez


Maricela Caballero and Gabriel Nunez

A Texas couple died following an explosion at their newly-purchased condominium in Mexico.

Marcela Caballero and husband Gabriel Nunez were seriously injured on Nov. 18 following the explosion in Tulum, according to ABC affiliate WFAA and the family's GoFundMe page.

Both Nunez and Caballero were hospitalized in critical condition with second and third-degree burns, Lopez wrote in the description of the fundraiser, which was set up to pay for medical and funeral costs.

“My dad had 98% of his body [burned]," the couple's daughter, Brenda Saldana, told WFAA. "My mom, 85% of her body."

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Their daughter told WFAA that they both died "after a week of fighting for their lives."

Nunez died one day after Thanksgiving, while Caballero died on Wednesday, the outlet reported.

They leave behind two adult children, a 19-year-old son and 22-year-old daughter, according to FOX affiliate KDFW.

"We were both in shock when we got the phone call," Saldana told the outlet. "We couldn’t believe it. We were like is this even real? At this point, it still feels like I’m in a dream."

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A gas leak may have caused the deadly explosion, according to Riviera Maya News.

During a Zoom meeting after the explosion, residents allegedly said that they smelled the odor or gas the day before the explosion, WFAA reported.

The victims’ family has retained an attorney, and a lawsuit has been filed, per the outlets. Clarabeth Hernandez, with the Hernandez Law Firm, said explosions like this are not uncommon in high tourist areas in Mexico.

The Hernandez Law Firm did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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More than $18,000 has been raised for the family via GoFundMe as of Monday morning.

Nunez will be buried in Arizona, while his wife will be buried in Mexico, KDFW reported. Caballero will be buried “with her father,” according to the GoFundMe.

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