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Students Grieve Teen Killed in Weekend Wreck

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A memorial has been set up near the spot where 16-year-old Eddie Ruiz died Saturday. A memorial has been set up near the spot where 16-year-old Eddie Ruiz died Saturday.
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LAS VEGAS -- At Cimarron-Memorial High School, many students faced an emotional day, still shocked by the news that a fellow student was killed Saturday in a car wreck.

Grief counselors were at the school Monday to help the teenagers understand what happened.

The death has some new drivers at the school thinking hard about staying safe on Las Vegas roads.

A memorial now sits at the place where 16-year-old Eddie Ruiz died Saturday.

Candles, cards and a T-shirt tell stories of the memories the student left behind.

"He had no anger towards anyone for anything," sophomore Markus Vega said. "He was just calm, always."

Metro Police said Eddie tried to pass a sports utility vehicle or minivan and hit it, causing his car to spin out of control.

His car hit a chain link fence and concrete wall.

Eddie and another teen were transported to University Medical Center where Eddie later died.

His passenger had serious injuries.

Police said Eddie only had a learner's permit and was not licensed to drive.

"Obviously he didn't have enough experience to be driving a vehicle like he was down the roadway," said Sgt. Richard Strader of Metro's Fatal Detail.

Students at Cimarron-Memorial said they are still upset over Eddie's death.

"A lot of girls in my third period, they were crying about it," freshman Terrance Austin said. "Like crying hard about it. I feel sorry for the kid."

Added Sophomore Brittany Againa: "You could easily lose a friend like that and you don't know when you can say goodbye to them. There's no way to cope with it. You just have to have friends there for you like that."

The driver Eddie hit left the crash site, which is against the law.

"It's a felony if somebody is substantially hurt or dies in a hit-and-run accident, whether or not you're at fault," Strader said.

With more than 100 deadly wrecks so far in 2012, Eddie's fellow students are frightened about what's happening on valley roads.

"(I) don't want to drive, don't want to go out on the streets because of it," Terrance, the freshman, said. "I don't want to get in the car accident and pass away like that."

Students said Eddie was a person who could be counted on to help with problems.

Metro Police said the driver who left the scene turned him- or herself in Sunday.

No word yet on memorial services for Eddie.

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