Students, staff and community members at an East Bay high school today remembered the lives of four Oakland teenagers who were killed in a car accident in Kern County earlier this week.
A memorial service was held during lunch at Castlemont High School this afternoon for David Moa, 19, who graduated from the school last year, Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said.
Moa was one of four cousins who died in the crash, which happened Monday afternoon on state Highway 58 just north of California City, Calif., about 70 miles southeast of Bakersfield.
Also killed were 17-year-old Malia Moa, 19-year-old George Moa, and 19-year-old Rachel Fisiiahi. George had attended Dewey High School and Rachel had attended Oakland High School, Flint said. He didn't know where Malia had gone to school.
A fifth teen, Hunter Halatoa, who is a junior at Castlemont, survived the crash but was critically injured. Flint said the memorial included singing and dancing as students remembered David Moa, who he said was well-liked.
"He was known for his generosity and for being extremely helpful," Flint said. Sometimes Moa would stay after class to help other students with their schoolwork, he said.
"He was a friendly, approachable kid who had a great spirit," Flint said.