Tears, Prayers at Vigil For Teens Killed in Chino Crash

Two of the three cars involved went up in flames after the crash, officials say

There were tears, prayers and memories shared at a vigil Sunday night for four recent graduates of Corona's Eleanor Roosevelt High School who were killed in a car crash.

Class of 2013 graduates Andrew Anthony De Leon, 19, of Mira Loma; Alex Horta; Nathaniel Marin; and Nathan Dominguez were on their way to celebrate a friend's homecoming from college, when their Chevrolet pick-up truck crashed into two other cars near Pine and Hellman avenues in Chino about 8:45 p.m. Friday.

“These four friends had a bond like no other,” said one person at the vigil.

Outside Dominguez’s home, Yessenia Vargas could not hold back tears as she looked at a picture she took with him at her senior prom.

“We’ve known each other since seventh grade. He’s been my best friend ever since. He always cared about me. He was always there when nobody was,” she said.

Luis Ayala Mendoza, 47, of Corona was also killed in the crash. He was in a 2013 Honda Accord.

The driver of a 2002 Honda Civic suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Chino city spokeswoman Monica Gutierrez said.

The crash remains under investigation.

R.I.P to our fellow mustangs that lost their lives last night. Our condolences got out to those families. We will never forget them❤️

— Mustang Stampede (@erhsstampede) October 5, 2014

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