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Family, friends hold vigil for Lenexa teens killed in wreck

Posted at 11:19 AM, Apr 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 12:47:13-04

Friends and family remember two teens killed in a Lenexa, Kansas crash.

Previous story: Family, friends mourn KCK teens killed in wreck 

Many loved ones gathered at Pierson Park on Saturday to remember 15-year-old Isaiah Stroble and 13-year-old Angel Espinoza. 

Pictures laid out on a table are the only way they'll be able to see Isaiah and Angel again.

"He was just a young kid who made a mistake. And now we all have to pay for it this way and it's sad," Alexis Thomas said. She grew up with Isaiah's family. 

Both boys were killed in a joyriding accident in the early hours of April 9.

Isaiah was behind the wheel, with eight other teenagers in the car. They were allegedly driving without their lights on. A police officer tried to stop them, but they sped off. Isaiah lost control of the car and crashed into a tree at 80th & Maurer. 

"I looked at the car and my heart fell to the ground. And I just thought to myself, how did all the rest of the seven kids in the car make it?" Isaiah's aunt Sandra Arnold said. "This should be a life-changing experience for all teenagers." 

They didn't focus on the mistake the kids made that night, instead focusing on the boys' contagious personalities. 

"He's a loving boy. If you were upset he'd make you laugh," Thomas said of Isaiah. 

"[Isaiah] was a very energetic person. He was always happy and he was never like, mad or anything," Nick Alexitch said. 

Everyone laughed remembering Isaiah's obsession with video games, and playing online with a friend nicknamed "Taco." 

"He would never put the controller down, oh my goodness, it just went on and on all day," Arnold said. 

Two other teenagers who were in the crash came to the vigil. One girl had a boot on her leg, and a boy had his hand wrapped. 

"This is for both of them, Isaiah and Angel, to remember them and all their friends together and family. We just wish they were still here," Arnold said. 

Now Isaiah's family is focusing on finding the money for a funeral. 

The rest of the teens are still recovering, officials said.