Teen killed in ATV crash was homicide victim's sister
Tragedy strikes a Las Vegas family, for the second time in just six months.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Tragedy strikes a Las Vegas family, for the second time in just six months.
Michael Portaro, 22, was shot and killed back in March, in what police believe was an attempted car jacking outside of The Tenaya Creek Brewery.
Saturday, his younger sister, Christina, died in an ATV crash in Brian Head, Utah. She was spending the holiday weekend there with family and friends. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Christina was riding a four-wheeler up a steep incline, when it flipped and landed on top of her. Witnesses say she was wearing a helmet, but it came off in the accident. She suffered massive head injuries.
Christina was a junior at Faith Lutheran High School, and a member of the basketball and volleyball teams.
The close-knit community organized a candlelight vigil in her honor Sunday night. It was held in the park across from Faith Lutheran - in the same spot a vigil was held for her brother, just six months earlier.
"I can't believe this has happened," says her friend, Maddie Turner. "She missed him so much. She gets to be with him now. But, she left all of us here, so we're sad."
School leaders are trying to help students cope. "There will be an open door policy for weeks now," says Principal Scott Fogo. "It's going to take a long time for kids to fully process this, and it will hit them at different times."
A message went out to all families, and grief counselors were made available on campus Sunday. "To talk, pray, and grieve this tragedy together," says Faith Lutheran's Director of Counseling, Dan Buikema.
The Portaro family was not at the vigil. They are still in Utah.