POSTED: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 8:26am
Dozens of family and friends came together Thursday night to remember two young women killed in a car crash. Both were victims of a possible drunk driving crash in Far East El Paso. It happened Wednesday night on Lee and Turner.
Police say Arturo Vasquez was driving a Dodge Charger around 2:00 a.m. Thursday near the intersection when he slammed into a Chevy Aveo.
Evalynn Rose, 21, and Jeannette Lazaro, 21, were two of five passenger in the Aveo. Both women died at the scene.
Thursday night, dozens of people gathered at the site of the crash to pay their respects to the lives they say were gone too soon.
In a crowd of dozens in East El Paso there was only the sounds of sniffles and the sight of tears. They all gathered at the spot where two young, vibrant women Evalynn Rose and Jeannette Lazaro, both 21, shared their last moments alive.
"They were both just the girls you wanted to hang out with. They were always there for everybody," Jeanette Lopez, Rose and Lazaro's best friend, said.
And they were there for each other that night, not only in death, but as Evalynn was celebrating her 21st birthday.
"Them together, were like peas in a pod. You find you see one, the other one's right next to him," said close friend Kayla Owens.
But the celebration was cut short after a night of drinking that went too far.
"It took someone else to come and take them away from us. Right now it's just so sad," said Jeanette.
Not only do police say their driver, Gabriella Delgado was drinking but also Arturo Vasquez, the man police say hit them.
During the memorial, the crowd prayed about "errores", Spanish for "mistakes"...mistakes that could have been avoided and consequences learned much too early.
"You don't want your family, you don't want your mom to wake up to a text, knowing you're not here. That's the greatest lesson," said Kayla.
Police arrested 21-year-old Arturo Vasquez. They say this is his second DWI. Charges are pending against the driver of the Aveo, Gabriella Delgado.