COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Friends and family gathered Friday to remember 9-year-old Neto White and 17-year-old Leondro Carabajal, the victims of an alcohol-involved crash.
Police said the boys were hit by a drunk driver as they pushed their van on Pikes Peak Avenue near Parkside Drive after the vehicle ran out of gas.
Several dozen people gathered around a roadside memorial for the boys, lit candles and cried together.
"We're all just taking it so hard because he was just so young and always such a good boy," said Christine Carter, Neto's family member.
Neto was a student at D-2's Wildflower Elementary. Family said he was always smiling, and loved sports, Legos and being with family and friends.
Leondro was nicknamed "Dimples" and went to Sierra High School, according to his Facebook page.
"We've known him for many, many years and we're taking it just as hard with him dying," said Carter.
Carter said through their grief, Neto's family has learned about the community's generosity. They've gotten donations and a lot of prayers.
"We're just so, so thankful for all the great prayers and thoughts," said Carter. "The family will need prayers."
People can donate to the family at the Harrison School District 2 Federal Credit Union located at 1060 Harrison Road. The account is under the White Family Memorial Fund. No word yet on a memorial fund for the Carabajal family.
The man who police say killed the two boys is 47-year-old Robert Icenogle. He faces charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI.