Families Cope with Aftermath of Fatal Crash

A group of teens, ages 15 to 18, were riding in two separate vehicles traveling over 100 mph on State Route 52 Wednesday night

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    With lighted candles, 300 friends spelled out his name for all to see "Jayli" at a memorial Saturday night. NBC 7's Brandi Powell reports. (Published Sunday, Apr 8, 2012)

    As one family mourns one teenager who had a promising future, another waits by the hospital bed of a teenager in a coma, watching for signs of recovery.

    Both were victims in a tragic crash that may have been caused by street racing.

    Santana HS Mourns Crash Victim

    [DGO] Santana HS Mourns Crash Victim
    With lighted candles, 300 friends spelled out his name for all to see "Jayli" at a memorial Saturday night. NBC 7's Brandi Powell reports. (Published Sunday, Apr 8, 2012)

    A group of teens, ages 15 to 18, were riding in two separate vehicles traveling over 100 mph on State Route 52 Wednesday night. One of the cars lost control and flipped.

    Jayli James Campbell, 16, and Anthony Foreman, 18 died at the scene.

    Three other teenagers including, Charlotte McQuillen, 15, were injured.

    Now, family and friends are coping with the impact of the crash,

    Vigil Held For Teen Crash Victims

    [DGO] Vigil Held For Teen Crash Victims
    Students gathered at a vigil for teens Anthony Foreman and Jayli Campbell, who died in a car accident on Thursday. Theresa Campbell, Jayli's mother, talks to NBC 7 reporter Artie Ojeda about losing her son. (Published Friday, Apr 6, 2012)

    Campbell’s family and friends attended a fundraiser at Eastbound Bar and Grill in Lakeside Saturday to help raise money for funeral expenses.

    The Santana High School student was described by his uncle as talented in music with a wild sense of humor.

    "He was going to the Air Force. He was going to college for art,” said Richard Huerta. “Just a normal 16-year-old kid, healthy kid with a lot of dreams. And a lot of go to do it too."

    Later, at Santana HS, nearly 300 students used lighted candles to spell out Jayli’s name.

    One of the teenager’s friends, Kimberly Green, said school will be very different without Jayli.

    "He's touched so many people's hearts and he's a great person and for him not to be here anymore, it's heartbreaking," Green said.

    Anthony Foreman, whom friends affectionately called "Big Sweat," attended El Capitan High School.

    Friends Kayleigh Cameron and Martha Klak shared their memories of Anthony.

    "He just totally kept me smiling, always, and his memories will always be kept with me," Cameron said.

    Dejaun Taylor attended the vigil to support others. His son was involved in the crash and is recovering from the incident.

    "The other families are hurting and we're going to be there for them," he said.

    As for Charlotte McQuillen, still in a coma, her family reported Saturday the teenager had squeezed her father’s hand and looked at her mother.

    "It made her kind of open up and look directly into her eyes saying you know I'm still here and I'm a trooper and I'm still fighting. I'll be back," Dean McQuillen told NBCSanDiego Saturday.

    Courtney's family spokesperson said the teenager who was behind the wheel of the car Jayli, Anthony and Charlotte were in - visited McQuillen in the hospital.

    The family has created an account to help pay for McQuillen's medical expenses. Anyone can walk into any Wells Fargo across the country to donate to the Charlotte McQuillen Donation Fund. People should mention the account number 2248923806. Checks can be mailed to the fund at 9625 Mission Gorge Road, #B2-225, Santee, CA 92071.

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