Two young lives were lost in a head-on car crash Saturday in Madera County.
On Sunday, we’re learning more about one of the victims. Friends say the 17-year-old who died in the crash is Troyce Raqueno.
Loved ones were quick to set up a vigil within a day, and its turn out is indicative of Raqueno’s impact on the community.
The fatal crash happened Madera County on Avenue 12 near Road 34 1/2. California Highway Patrol says Raqueno veered into the lane of a Toyota 4-Runner and crashed head-on with the family.
An 11-year-old child in the backseat of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene, as well as Raqueno. The four others in the car were taken to local hospitals.
Many gathered at Lions Town and Country Park to remember a young man who loved ones say had a bright future ahead of him, with candles in hand, standing in the shape of a heart, with the letter “T” in the middle.
Hundreds remembered the one they say always had a smile.
“He was cool, super energetic, talkative, always having a good time, always with a smile,” says his friend, Anthony Torres.
Friends of Raqueno are still reeling over the sudden loss.
“It’s just such a shock, it still doesn’t feel really real,” says family friend Beatriz Herrera.
Friends say Raqueno was set to graduate in just a few short months from Madera High School and looking forward to joining the Army like his big sister.
“He had so many goals and he was just so positive all the time,” Herrera remembers.
Raqueno’s sister spoke at the vigil taking a moment to thank everyone for their support. “Sometimes I just don’t think it’s real, but it is and I just want to thank all that came out.”