A roadside memorial had grown on Monday to include hundreds of candles, bouquets of flowers and about a dozen posters covered with photographs and heart-felt notes memorializing the victims of the fatal car crash in Burbank on Saturday.
Friends and former classmates gathered in mourning at the scene, where the single-car crash claimed the lives of five young men and women, and left one injured.
While authorities have not confirmed their identities, the five who were killed were identified by friends visiting the memorial as Malak Hariri, Sebastian Forero, Stephen Stoll, Sugey Cuevas and Sameer Nevarez.
All of the victims attended Burbank schools, and all had graduated within the last five years.
A sixth passenger, an 18-year-old woman, was the sole survivor. She was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to police.
“The first day, I was in denial – I didn’t really let myself believe it,” said Oscar Gonzalez, a 2012 graduate of John Burroughs High School, who went to school with Forero, Cuevas and Nevarez, all of whom he described as joyous and inspiring.