Vigil Held for Teen Killed in San Jose Crash

By Monte Francis
|  Wednesday, May 7, 2014  |  Updated 3:55 AM PDT
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Hundreds of friends and family gathered Tuesday night to remember Laurrina Marquez, an 18-year-old girl killed in a car accident in San Jose. Monte Francis reports.

Hundreds of friends and family gathered Tuesday night to remember Laurrina Marquez, an 18-year-old girl killed in a car accident in San Jose. Monte Francis reports.

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Hundreds of friends and family gathered Tuesday night to remember Laurrina Marquez, an 18-year-old girl killed in a car accident in San Jose.

A candlelight vigil was held at the site of the deadly crash -- the intersection of North First Street and Tasman Drive.

"I got the call and just started balling," said Alicia Sandoval, Laurrina's cousin. "It's just so shocking to me."

Nearly 300 people attended Tuesday's vigil to share memories and release balloons in Laurrina's memory.

"I hope she's doing well up there," Sandoval said. "I can't explain how heartbroken I am."

Laurrina was a senior at Santa Clara High School. She also enjoyed playing soccer and dancing, friends said.

Her family said she planned to become a cosmetologist.

"She was just a breath of fresh air and she was bright star to everybody," said Daniel Rodriguez, Laurrina's uncle. "She just brought laughter and joy."

The accident occurred Friday just after 4 p.m.

A teen girl was killed in a Friday afternoon crash in San Jose.

Police said the accident involved two cars. Laurrina was a passenger in a car that ended up on its side and into a pole.

A 17-year-old boy who was driving the car suffered critical injuries. Officials said his condition is improving.

Investigators do not think drugs or alcohol played a role, but said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and may have run a red light.

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