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Friends and family remember 14-year-old girl killed in weekend crash

Hundreds of people gathered, Tuesday, to remember Zaira Tellez. The vigil to remember Tellez was held at Saint Anthony, which is where she was an eighth grader.

She was a 14-year-old who touched a lot of people's lives and left a lasting impression. Zaira Tellez died after the car she was in, driven by another 14-year-old, crashed in to a tree Sunday night. It happened at South 35th Street and West Hayes Avenue.

Some of Zaira Tellez's best friends, including one who said she was like a sister to him, her family and members of the community attended the vigil. Everyone who attended had something in common with each other, each of their lives were touched by Zaira Tellez.

Her best friend, Ashlee Caban, described Tellez as "awesome", and said Tellez would be surprised by the turnout to remember her.

"Because she doesn't know how much she means to other people," Caban said. "She might have talked to them or helped them out without even realizing that she has made an impact on their life."

Tellez was ejected as a result of the crash. Police said the driver, who was also 14-years-old, was arrested for driving without a license causing death. Two other teens were in the car, but were not seriously injured. The car belonged to the parents of one of the passengers.

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