Some 200 people gathered for an emotional vigil Thursday night to remember a Danville high school student who was killed just before the start of his senior year.
The family of 17-year-old Robert Orlando was there with a message for his classmates.
A family member told KTVU the student at San Ramon Valley High School had just fallen in love and had spent his summer traveling and fishing. The first week of school was spent in mourning by many of Orlando's classmates.
Orlando was in the passenger seat of a car that hit tree near his home Monday night. The next day he was supposed to start his senior year.
"I've known Robert since 6th grade. [I'd] eat lunch with him every day, talk to him every day," recalled his close friend Ryan Nearon. "It's been horrifying. You can never just imagine it until it actually happens. It's terrifying."
"The depth of pain is indescribable, and the depth of support has been unbelievable," said Orlando's aunt, Patricia Malo.
Malo said what truly has touched his parents has been community, including the unique show of support at San Ramon Valley and the surrounding high schools.
"Everyone was wearing their white. It was special. The community is amazing. All these schools - Cal, Monte Vista, San Ramon. It was really special," said Nearon.
The students from other schools, including rival Monte Vista wore green.
They remembered 17-year-old who loved fishing, played on the high school golf team and wanted to go to UC Davis.
Orlando's family had message for all the students.
"For these children to understand you need to drive carefully; be careful. Life is precious," said family friend Lori Hack.
The family also wanted to say they were happy that two other teens survived.
Police said they have not concluded their investigation and still haven't ruled out drugs, alcohol, or speed.
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