Hundreds of Roosevelt High School students, teachers and staff members gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday to remember Andrea Reyna.
The 16-year-old died Wednesday night after she lost control of her car as she drove around a curve on Crosswinds Way near Interstate 35 and Weidner Road.
“No matter what, she was always smiling,” said Whitney Bass, a close friend of Reyna’s. “She could brighten up any room with that smile.”
Police said Reyna was speeding and not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident. She was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
The car Reyna was driving was a gift from her mother. She purchased the Hyundai Accent for her daughter Wednesday evening.
Mardia Washington was one of the last people to speak to Reyna before her fatal accident.
“She called me last night around nine, and she was excited because she got a new car,” she said.
The news of Reyna’s death spread through social media Wednesday night, and by the start of classes Thursday most of the school knew what had happened.
“It was just dreadful. Everybody was sad and in tears,” said Roosevelt student Yajaria Silerio. “When you walked out into the hallway in the morning it was silent.”
Those closest to the eleventh grader said she had dreams of becoming a fashion designer.
The girl’s parents said she was on her way home from her boyfriend’s house when she wrecked her car.
"She was so excited to have that car. She wanted to go show it off, and she had a curfew. She was coming home," Anna Reyna said.
The young man was at the center of Thursday’s vigil and received condolences and well-wishes from his girlfriend’s family and friends.
Reyna’s classmates said it will be difficult for the student body to move on from her tragic death.
“I used to see her everyday walking to her car,” said Jasmine Brown. ”Today it was weird not seeing her passing by and telling me hi.”