Dozens gathered at a northeast valley high school Friday night to grieve the loss of a man hit and killed by a car this week.
Eldorado High School senior Joseph Peralta was hit by a car at the intersection of Bonanza Road and Sloan Lane late Tuesday night.
The 18-year-old was taken to the hospital, where family told 8 News NOW he was later taken off life support.
“This is what I feel like he would want from us,” Joseph’s friend said of Friday’s vigil held in Joseph’s honor. “He played sports, he skated, he was into all kinds of music,” another one of Peralta’s friends added. “He was a people person, he could make friends with anybody.”
The soft glow of each candle framed a feeling of heartache as friends filed onto the campus’s front entrance Friday night. Those who loved Joseph hoped a vigil would honor his immeasurable impact.
“I don’t think any of us would be who we are today without Joseph,” his friend Donovan said. “It’s just unbelievable that something like this could happen to somebody that touched so many people’s hearts.”
Though Peralta wasn’t on this earth long, his friends hope their courage to remember him will always keep his love alive.
“Looking back in high school we’ll see what one person can accomplish,” Joseph’s friend said of his life.
“Make sure we cherish what he left us with,” his friend Donovan added. “Friendship and family.”
A friend of Joseph’s family said since he was in the hospital on life support for several days, the family have quite a few medical bills to now pay.