MIAMI (WSVN) - A high school is in mourning after three teenage boys lost their lives in a fatal crash in North Miami on Saturday.
Surveillance video captured the moment a black SUV sped through an intersection and struck the boys in the area of Northeast 125th Street and 14th Avenue, just after 5 a.m.
The three boys, later identified as 17-year-old Richecarde Dumay, 15-year-old Lens Desir and 13-year-old Gedeon Desir, were walking to a bus stop to head to a soccer tournament. It remains unknown whether the Desirs are related.
North Miami Police said all three teenagers died on impact.
Dumay and the eldest Desir were star athletes at Miami Edison High School while the younger Desir was a student at North Miami Middle School and active church member.
“He meant so much to the program,” head coach Luther Campbell said. “He was a good kid. Dual-sport kid. Everything that you … I look at him as my son. All of them are my sons. I got a 9-year-old kid at home, and he could’ve been walking out in the street.”
Tuesday afternoon, Dumay’s football teammates held hands in a circle, brought out his No. 25 jersey and released balloons in the school’s colors to honor their fallen teammate.
“I feel bad for the parents too because they could have been good soccer players,” a student said.
Brett Rosen, the attorney representing the family of Lens Desir, held a news conference Tuesday hoping to get more information about the crash from authorities.
“These young men had a bright future,” Rosen said. “But for some reason, they are leaving the parents in the dark.”
Students, faculty and staff returned to school after the long weekend on Tuesday in shock of the loss of two of their own.
“That whole weekend I felt so sick, I didn’t know what to do,” said friend Prop Hete. “To this point, it’s still a very hard pill to swallow.”
“I’m going to the school right now, and I don’t know how everybody is going to be,” said friend Joe Mompoint.
“Everyone was sad,” student Maya said. “Some people didn’t come to school ’cause of how tore up they was. It was overall just sad and moody.”
The driver of the SUV was taken to an area hospital, where she remains in serious condition. It remains unknown if she will face charges.
According to the Miami Herald, the driver who caused the crash smelled of alcohol. Police have not identified her.
The Herald also reported that she said she was blacked out, and when she woke up, she said she didn’t know that she had hurt anyone.
A memorial ceremony was held after school on Tuesday in honor of the boys.
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