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Community Mourns Young Girls Killed in Crash

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    (Published Friday, Dec. 18, 2015)

    People came together to remember two young girls lost in a horrible car crash in Bristol last weekend.

    They were also there to support the girls’ family during this difficult time.

    Dozens of people came together to remember 7-year-old Veronica Martinez and her 4-year-old sister Yvette.

    “I wanted to help because we just lost our mom in September so we know the feeling of loss and you feel alone so we just wanted to reach out to the family and just let them know we’re all thinking of them,” says Sabrina Stewart, one of the vigil’s organizers.

    The vigil at Casey Field follows the deadly two car crash on Middle Street last Sunday, which hurt four people and took the lives of the girls.

    The message of support reached the girls’ mother, Kayla Torres, who is recovering from the crash and had been driving the girls that night.

    “It’s a great loss,” says Carmen Dubowsky-Melendez, the girls’ grandmother. “They had this lovable, fun energy. Anybody that met them loved them and they bring life to whoever met them.”

    The family thanked the community for their support.

    On the family’s GoFundMe page, more than $11,000 in donations has been raised for the funeral expenses.

    “My only thing I want to say to everybody and the world: Hug your kids daily and love them unconditionally,” says Miguel Melendez, a family member.

    The girls’ funeral service is planned for Monday.

    Police are still investigating the crash.