ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — On the eve of funeral services, loved ones of three teenage girls who were killed on Halloween in a hit-and-run crash gathered Friday to pay their respects.
Friends and family of Andrea Gonzalez gathered at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange Friday night for a rosary.READ MORE: Federal Investigators Name MSC DANIT As 'Party In Interest' As Lawmakers Intensify Scrutiny Of Coastal Offshore Drilling
A few miles away, a wake was held for twin sisters Lexandra and Lexi Huerta Perez at the MacDougall Family Mortuary.
The three 13-year-olds were killed on Oct. 31 after being struck by a vehicle while walking in a Santa Ana crosswalk.
The suspected driver, identified by police as 31-year-old Jaquinn Bell, was arrested and charged with multiple counts, including charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit-and-run causing permanent injury or death, among others. His arraignment was postponed to Dec. 16.
Meanwhile, friends of the victims told KCAL9’s Juan Fernandez they endured a difficult week at school.
“There was a lot of tears. A lot of people breaking down into tears,” said Alexi Casias, the victims’ friend.READ MORE: Colin Powell, First Black Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Of Complications From COVID-19
“They were so young. It’s sad to see them not be here anymore,” said Juliana Lopez, another friend.
The three victims will be laid to rest Saturday.
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