CREATED Mar. 11, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Friends are coming to the spot where a 15-year-old classmate died in a car wreck on Saturday night. They're lighting candles and laying a flower for Robert Brown Junior.
"He was like a little brother to me," Cimarron-Memorial High School student, Tara Turner-Lee said. "I was really close to his sister Jessica, his mom was like another mom to me and I called his dad pops."
On Saturday, Brown's parents found out how their son died. Police said the teen was riding in the back of an SUV that slammed into a light pole. The driver 23-year-old Arturo Castillo reportedly told police he drank a few beers and smoked marijuana before the crash.
"Please learn by this, don't be the next person," Brown's mother Terry Sumpter said. "It's not easy to deal with something like this, your parents don't want to go through this like I am."
Brown attended Western High School as a new student who came from Cimarron-Memorial High School.
"It was gloomy, sad just really bad," Brown's classmate Erika Gomez said as she described the mood at school.
Gomez and the teens other close friends are still getting over the initial shock that a young like was taken too soon.
"Just like that they had to take him already," friend Dennis Ramos said. "He was still young and had a lot to live for."
"He was always happy and he had a big heart," Gomez said. "You would always see him with a smile."