Family and friends gathered Sunday to mark one year since a fiery drunken-driving crash claimed the lives of five Burbank youths.
All graduates of Burbank High School, the victims came to be known as the Burbank Angels.
Sugey Cuevas' family organized a Mass for the five victims at Saint Finbar Catholic Church. Simultaneously, Malak Hariri's family held a memorial service at the Burbank Islamic Center at 2 p.m.
"I miss her so much, no words can describe the words that I’m going through," said the mother of Hariri. "Life is not easy without her."
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The mother pays daily visits to the site where her daughter is buried.
Exactly one year ago, a 5-passenger Nissan Altima carrying six young adults crashed at 4 a.m., slamming into a guardrail near the Scott Road off-ramp of the Golden State (5) Freeway. Upon impact, the vehicle burst into flames.
Savannah Underwood, 19, managed to escape with a broken leg, making her the lone survivor.
Underwood's friends: Sugey Cuevas, 19; Hariri, 19; Sebastian Forero, 20; Sameer Joudeh Nevarez, 17; and Stephen Stoll, 23, were found dead on the scene.
"No one’s forgotten any of them," said the cousin of Cuevas, Elsa Castro, as she held back tears.
A coroner's report later confirmed that the driver of the car, Stoll, had blood alcohol level of .18 percent - more than double the legal limit - and traces of marijuana in his system. The passengers were also highly intoxicated.
"People should not be drinking and driving," said Hariri's brother, who is now on a mission to educate teens about the dangers of driving under the influence. "To eliminate drunk driving, that's my goal."