Kyree Nelson, Emmanuel Nelson: Vigil held for cousins killed in fiery crash
On a rainy Saturday night, hundreds of people prayed, embraced, and wept... remembering two young lives lost.
"It's overwhelming and I appreciate it. This is my neighborhood," said Nikita Nelson, between tears.
Nelson is mourning the loss of her 15 year old son Emmanuel, and her nephew Kyree, who was 16.
The two teens were killed early Friday, back seat passengers in a stolen car that crash and burned in Chevy Chase Circle.
"It's true I guess what they say, the good ones go first. And I miss him, I love him", said a friend.
Many at this vigil gathering, at a Northwest DC rec center are in disbelief that either of the cousins would be involved in wrongdoing.
"Kyree was like my close friend", says Jahmi Mason, a ninth grade schoolmate.
"He was just a cool guy. I don't think he would've done anything like that, steal a car."
The teen behind the wheel, 16 year old Raynard Osman, remains in the hospital, critically injured. A front seat passenger, Reece Richardson, 18, had non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say Richardson has been questioned by police, and is now in juvenile custody. No one has been charged in the case.
Police were able to rescue Osman and Richardson from the burning car, but flames prevented officers from getting to the Nelson cousins.
Authorities say the car, a Toyota Echo, had been stolen in the Forest Glen section of Silver Spring last Sunday.
An officer spotted the car around one am Friday. Police say the driver sped off before losing control.
"The officer stated he started to accelerate very quickly", says Captain Paul Starks, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Police Department.
"He must have realized he was being followed by a marked police vehicle."
The car entered Chevy Chase Circle, jumped the curb, flipped sideways, and careened into a tree, before bursting into flames, authorities say.
"It hurts my heart", says Nathaniel Catlett, a coach at the Emery Heights Rec Center. "All those kids in the car was good kids. Everybody makes mistakes."
Many at the vigil said they want more information about the pursuit, and if proper police procedures were followed.
"Why do we have to bury our children?" Talia Humphries, an aunt to the deceased teen asked aloud.
But this vigil was also a kind of wake-up call.
Humphries says young people have to stop and think, and take responsibility for their actions.
"When y'all make these decisions, whether jail or death, we're left behind all these years. It never stops for us."