BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — Friends and family of five young people killed in an early-morning crash in Burbank gathered Saturday evening to share their grief.
KCAL9’s Cristy Fajardo attended the vigil where she reported, even hours after the somber ceremony ended there were people unable to leave.
Many of the people in attendance were high school classmates of the victims. Fajardo said the sounds of heartbreak were everywhere.
A family member told her his grief was hard to put into words.
“It’s a lot of our friends, and everyone is upset,” said Christian Hanks, a friend of some of the victims. “Girlfriends, sisters, brothers and family.”
The victims, all friends, ranged in age from 18-22. They had just left a gathering at 4 this morning when the car they were driving in hit a pillar on a freeway off-ramp.
Officials said speed definitely played a role in the crash. They did not know if alcohol was also a factor but friends at the vigil told Fajardo they wanted to remind people not to drink and drive.
An 18-year-old girl was found outside the wreckage. She is the lone survivor. She suffered a broken leg and other injuries but will recover.
“I can only imagine what is going through her head right now…I can only imagine how she is doing right now,” said friend Alex Davis.
At the crash site, there were lots of candles and flowers and a huge crowd of people, coming and going throughout the day.
The coroner has yet to release the names of the victims but the people in attendance know exactly who they are mourning.
Fajardo spoke to one woman who raised one of the victims, a niece, for 12 years.
“She was a very smart girl,” the aunt said, choking back tears. “A very good girl.”
Friends also posted pics of the five young people who died calling them “Burbank’s Angels.”