Classmates grieve girl killed while trick-or-treating

Drew Karedes

Classmates grieve girl killed while trick-or-treating

CREATED Nov. 1, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Classmates of a girl killed on Halloween night are wrapping their young minds around emotions they've never experienced before.

Sig Rogich 7th grader Faith Love lost her life as she was trick or treating. The 12-year-old was hit in a Summerlin neighborhood near Sahara and Hualapai by a suspected impaired driver.

Parents have been bringing their kids to that accident site, trying to explain to them why their friend is no longer here.

"I love her so much, and I'm really sad she died. I wish I was with her that night," cried Lauren Peru, who attends Rogich Middle School.

Witnesses say Justin Caramanica was whipping around the bend at excessive speeds when he allegedly plowed into Love.

While Love was not in a crosswalk, police say Caramanica is entirely to blame.

Friends of Faith Love say they now feel differently about what was once one of their favorite holidays.

"It's scary to walk around now," said Diamond Lucas, who says she received a unexpected call Monday night. "Her mom called me and my other friend. Her mom was screaming, she's on the floor, she's on the floor."

Caramanica was arrested and booked for driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs. The 41-year-old was less than a half mile from his house when the accident happened.

Some of his neighbors are just learning why he hasn't returned home.

"It's more of a drinking holiday these days than it is about the kids. There's a lot of people partying and drinking, and yet there's alot of kids running around out there," said neighbor Nadia Easterly, who lives directly next to Caramanica.

Friends of Caramanica told Action News off-camera that he is a father of two girls. Those friends admitted that he "should not have been driving" the night he was arrested.

The family of Faith Love released a brief statement on Tuesday night.

"Please respect our families' wishes to privately grieve this tragedy. There will be a candlight vigil for family and schoolmates at the accident site on Wednesday at 7 p.m."

The principal of Sig Rogich Middle School also released a statement on Tuesday. It said that Faith Love will "always be remembered as part of our school family".

The statement urges all parents to speak with their kids and emphasizes that grief counseling resources are available.

Faith Love was hit on a street where the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour. As previously mentioned, she was not in a crosswalk, but there is not one in the near vicinity.

Police say it is an area where there is an implied crosswalk.