LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The community is coming together to show its support of two Valley families dealing with unimaginable heartbreak and a vigil will take place Wednesday.
Two teens were hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver last night while crossing the street at Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue just east of the Strip.
Loved ones have been coming to the intersection, creating a makeshift memorial for 16-year-olds Citlali Mora and Nelly Amaya-Ramirez. There are flowers and candles placed in honor of two bright lights that were put out too soon and a vigil will take place at the site Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
Metros’ Traffic Bureau Tweeted a photo of one of their officers stopping by the memorial, lighting a candle and paying his respects.
We spoke to the family of one of the victims, who tells us the two girls were best friends. Both teens will be missed, and loved ones are now grappling with a tragedy no family should have to go through.
Metro Police called the crash “preventable.” Police say the driver, Ebonie Whitaker, was driving drunk when she allegedly hit the teens around dinner time. She faces a number of charges, including DUI and reckless driving.
The memorial has been growing by the hour and continues to blossom. A GoFundMe to help the families has also been posted, and you can find it here.
The vigil will take place at the southwest corner of Katie and Maryland Parkway and the community is invited to join advocates and community leaders as the two Del Sol High School teens are remembered. Attendees are asked to wear a mask.