Candlelit vigil held in remembrance of Erika Cruz |

Candlelit vigil held in remembrance of Erika Cruz

Mackenzie Davis
Updated: February 28, 2021 11:36 PM
Created: February 28, 2021 10:55 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - There was a candlelit vigil held Sunday night for Erika Cruz, an 18-year-old who died as the result of a car crash by a drunk driver on Tuesday night, according to the Rochester Police Department. 

A large crowd came together Sunday night in remembrance of Erika Cruz. The vigil was held at the intersection of 8th Ave. SE and 12 St. SE. That is where Erika died after she was hit by a Ford F-150 truck, police said. 

You could tell how many lives she touched by the number of people who gathered at this vigil to remember her.

After talking with her friends and family, it is no question that Erika was a light in everyone's life. She was inspiring and motivating to so many of her friends and peers, and many other people in the community.

"The only thing we can do is learn from how she lived. She just made everybody so happy, like I was talking about memories and we couldn't help but smile because that's what she did for us," a friend of Erika, Brock Sonju, said.

"She loved her family very much and was a beautiful daughter, a good sister. She really loved and loved well and always. I will always remember her smiling and happy and wanting the best for everyone," Leny Velez, Erika's aunt, said. 

According to the Rochester Police Department, the driver who was driving the Ford F-150 truck was Sterling Haukom of Rochester. Haukom has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.

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