ANTIOCH, Calif. - A teenager killed in a crash last Sunday in Walnut Creek, would have turned 18 a week after his death.
The family of Dakarai Fagorala held a vigil for him Sunday – what would have been his birthday, which he shared with his twin, Dominick -- at Deer Valley High School in Antioch. His family also celebrated his twin brother’s birthday that same day.
Fagorala and four friends had recently graduated from the school, and were heading back home from San Francisco, before heading off to college.
But their car plunged off Highway 24, near the Interstate 680 interchange. Fagorala and 18-year-old John Walizada died in the crash, while the others suffered major injuries, including the driver, 18-year-old Ramaya Ramey. The California Highway Patrol said they arrested her on multiple counts of DUI.
But as of Friday, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office had not charged her or received her case.
Robert Thurman, told KTVU that as far as he knew, Fagorala did not drink, and that he had been texting his twin that he wanted to come home earlier that evening.
As a devout Christian, Fagorala’s mother, Kimberlea Oloruntoba, said she forgives Ramey for the crash.
She said hopes that her son’s “humble spirit changes the lives of non-believers nationwide.” She thanked God for everything sh has, including the ability to “push through the storm no matter what is placed in my path.”
She called her son a prince. His memorial service will be Sept. 1 at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood at 11 a.m. A GoFundMe has been started by Fagorala’s godbrother.