Vigil held for teens killed after vehicle crashes into Kissimmee shopping center
Victims identified by police as Sebastian Suarez-Palacio, Melanie Peguero
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – More than 100 people were out in the pouring rain for a vigil showing love to two teenagers who police said were killed after a vehicle crashed into a Kissimmee shopping center.
Police said the driver of the car was going east on State Road 192 when he lost control and slammed into the building. Police identified the crash victims as Sebastian Suarez-Palacio and Melanie Peguero, both students at Gateway High School.
A memorial grew quickly with candles, flowers and notes written on the wall.
"Words cannot reflect what the parents and the friends and everybody is feeling right now," family friend Jaime Gutierrez said.
Everyone held each other close and shed tears for the couple.
"He was a bright child, he was joyful, a very good player," Gutierrez said.
"Very emotional because we were all very close to her," said friend Luis Ortiz. "She was a very good person. We all loved her to death."
Palacio's soccer team came out Friday night, giving one final chant for their teammate.
"We just have to remember the best of him and we just have to pray for him," Gutierrez said.
Kassandra Chi, a family member of Peguero's, told News 6 that Peguero had a very caring heart.
"(She) had a very caring heart, loved hanging out with friends and (was) always such a bundle of joy," Chi said. "Words can not describe this girl enough."
Chi said Peguero had many hopes and dreams for after high school and was a great role model for her younger siblings.
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