Marquette Bell vigil held on Tuesday night
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Hundreds of mourners gathered in Southeast Washington on Tuesday night to remember the life of Marquette Bell, a 14-year-old killed this past Saturday in a horrific car crash.
Through songs and stories, the vigil honored the memory of Bell.
Virginia State Police say that at around 1 a.m. Saturday, Bell was the passenger in a car that was traveling around 100 miles per hour.
Authorities say that soon after a trooper hit his lights in pursuit, the car blew through a stop sign in Fairfax in an attempt to get away. The vehicle then slammed into another vehicle, killing Bell on impact.
According to police, the unidentified 15-year-old driver fled the scene, but was quickly caught. It was later discovered that the car involved in the crash had been carjacked from a man in Southeast Washington earlier that night.
During the vigil, family members were frank with the crowd -- made up primarily of young teenagers on bikes and in pads fresh from football practice.
"Bad choices can end up with bad situations," said Bell's aunt, Renee Wright.
They used the circumstances surrounding Bell’s death as a painful reminder of how one error in judgment can cost everything.
"You all just got take your time and think...because he didn't," added Brian Woods, Bell's uncle.