Teens Killed In Christmas Day Crash Remembered At High School Vigil

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December 30, 2019 - 11:41 am
Students from Dublin High School were among the large crowd that attended a vigil on Dec. 28, 2019 for three teens killed in a car crash on Christmas Day.

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A candlelight ceremony was held at Dublin High School on Sunday night to remember 16-year-olds Javier Ramirez and twins Mark and Michael Urista who died Christmas evening in a car crash.

The three perished when the car they were in struck a tree near Pleasanton and overturned.

Ana Reynoso, the mother of the twins, told the gathering she was moved by the turnout. She also told stories about the antics of the trio.

“I am extremely grateful as to how much love and support the community has given us since it’s happened,” Reynoso said.

During a musical tribute, the girlfriends of the boys and other students hugged and said their goodbyes.

Police Chaplain Albert Valencia of the Alameda County Sheriff Department says this gathering is part of the healing process.

“In a time like this, it brings community together,” Valencia told KCBS Radio. “It allows them to come together, and hopefully they will be able to find some answers that will bring them some peace and some comfort here tonight.”

Two other teens — Jared Reynoso, the twins’ cousin, and Samantha Vargas Arceo — were also injured in the crash and remained hospitalized.

KCBS Radio Curtiss Kim reported this story.