Reggie Kumar, Rene Luna
Two of the students killed in the fiery bus crash in Northern California were from Animo Inglewood Charter High School. Reggie Kumar reports from Inglewood for the NBC4 News at 6 on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Two Inglewood high school students who were best friends were among those killed in a tour bus crash in Northern California.
Family members confirmed to NBC4 on Saturday that Ismael Jimenez and Denise Gomez, both seniors who attended Animo Inglewood Charter School in Inglewood, died in the wreck Thursday.
School officials said Friday that two students were on the bus but their names were not given.
Jimenez was an honor student and wanted to be an artist, family members said.
"God is good and he’s great, and he’s going to take care of him," Jimenez’s sister, Evelin Jimenez, told NBC4. "He’s in a much better place than this world that we live in."
Gomez planned to become a lawyer or a teacher.
"She was very family oriented," said Gomez’s aunt, Monica Landeros. "She loved her family very much, and we all love her very much."
Both teens were on track to graduate this year, school officials said.
A family friend of the victims planned to hold a prayer service at her Inglewood home Saturday.
The crash took place about 5:40 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 5 near Orland, when a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a median and hit a Nissan Altima before colliding head-on with charter bus carrying dozens of Southern California high school students on their way to visit Humboldt State University.
Evelin Jimenez said she was not angry at the driver of the FedEx truck.
Jimenez said she would like both families to hold a joint funeral for both teens because they were so close.