There is a pall on this city today, with residents still absorbing the fact that a fiery, single-car crash that took place Sept. 28 on San Fernando Boulevard ended the lives of five of our promising young people and injured a sixth.
As that Saturday morning dawned and local school boosters were preparing to raise funds for the John Burroughs High music program during its annual "Community Day," word began to spread that there had been a horrible accident.
And now we find ourselves one week later. Several Burbank businesses this weekend are staging entirely different fundraisers than the Community Day event: They're raising money to give to five mourning families. In a separate effort, online GoFundMe accounts have been set up to help pay for memorial services for each of the victims.
The young adults who perished in that 4 a.m. crash — along with the young woman who managed to escape the inferno — were products of both Burroughs and Burbank High. Those who died were our own and their sudden loss is beyond comprehension. We try to conjure up reasons for this tragedy, perhaps to ease our own minds, but we won't know the full details until the investigation is complete. The facts we do know: They were traveling in pre-dawn hours; there were six individuals in a car with five seat belts; the car, which police say was traveling at high speed, collided with a concrete pillar; a fire ensued.