Huge gathering for two teens killed in Fresno County

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hundreds of people gathered at a Fresno County intersection Tuesday night to honor two teenagers killed in an accident. The crash near Kingsburg Monday killed two prominent student athletes from Selma.

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The California Highway Patrol says 17 year olds Anthony Caro and Jesse Lujan died after their vehicle ran a stop sign at Bethel and Clarkson and was hit by another car.

Tuesday night, Selma High School students past and present shared hugs and tears as they gathered to grieve the two lives lost far too soon. Caro had just graduated from Selma High School, where he played football. "He loved football. He was a little small. But he hit hard and he just loved it no matter what," said former teammate Justin Lozano.

Lujan was also an athlete and would have been a senior this year. He's being remembered as an outstanding basketball player. "A lot of talent, lots of talent. One night, he scored 22 points in about 10 minutes of play... not even a whole game, he was the high scorer," said assistant basketball coach Phil Carpio.

The size of the crowd Tuesday evening showed what an impact the two boys had on the Selma High campus and on the community. Another, larger vigil is planned for Wednesday evening at the Selma High School Stadium. "A lot of support. This is a big crowd and it's going to be even bigger tomorrow," said Alissa Lopez of Selma.

"Everyone's still in shock. It's hard to deal with it. We are a good community, so Selma is getting together and we're going to do big things in remembrance of the two boys," said Selma resident Elsa Guiba.

The CHP is still looking for the driver of the second vehicle, who ran away after the accident. He's identified as 34 year old Anthony Shepherd of Caruthers.

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