Honoring two young lives lost to tragedy in Selma
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hundreds are expected to gather in Selma Wednesday evening to honor two young lives lost to tragedy. 17 year olds Anthony Caro and Jesse Lujan died Monday after a crash near Kingsburg. Both were prominent student athletes at Selma High School.
The vigil was organized by fellow students who are remembering the two teens as well liked student athletes. But Wednesday, we also heard more about Caro's life away from campus, as a big brother. "I'm really going to miss singing our favorite songs together. He was such a good brother," said Amber Caro, Anthony's sister.
Caro leaves behind two younger siblings, 12 year old Amber and 16 year old Alyssa. They said Anthony filled the home with laughter and never hesitated to show his family how much he loved them. "I'm going to miss that so much. And the thing I'm gong to miss the most is that every night he would tell me, 'I love you, Alyssa'. He would yell it across the room. Every night," said Alyssa.
Caro and his friend, Jesse Lujan, died after the vehicle they were in ran a stop sign and was struck by another car. The loss of the two student athletes has devastated the community of Selma. Wednesday, their teammates gathered together to sign footballs and basketballs that will be given to the teens' families. Selma High's student body president says he's known Lujan since elementary school. "Jesse was just so outgoing. He talked to everyone the main thing he tried to do is make everyone laugh and just be happy. He was just a positive guy," said Stephen Saldate.
Caro's family members say Jesse and Anthony were on their way to pick up another friend Monday night when the accident happened. As the families grieve their loss, they are also expressing their gratitude for the community's support. "It's been really hard time for the parents, for all of our family. You never know when something like this is going to happen and we nobody expected him to leave us. So we just want to say thank you to everybody," said Nancy Gallegos, Caro's cousin.
The California Highway Patrol is still looking for the driver of the other vehicle, who ran away from the scene, even though he wasn't at fault.
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