Family, friends hold vigil in honor of teen killed in crash
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Community members came together to remember Brendan Rocheleau, the 17-year-old killed in a motorcycle crash at West Ann and Grand Canyon on Monday morning.
Family and friends held a vigil in his honor on Tuesday evening from the crash scene.
Brendan was a student at Centennial High School. Some of his classmates have already dropped off flowers and notes in his honor. Many wore red to the vigil, Brendan's favorite color.
His family was also in attendance.
"The more I talk about it, the harder it is. I just can't believe my little buddy's not coming home no more," said Corey Rocheleau, Brendan's father.
Brendan was killed before school on Monday after the motorcycle he was riding, collided with another vehicle driven by a 16-year-old girl.
He was ejected from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.
His death was the 69th traffic related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction so far this year.
The deadly crash has teen drivers saying they will remember Brendan when they're behind the wheel.
"Just do your thing, you're going to get there when you get there. One little thing could really mess up your life," expressed Rahim Andersen, Brendan's friend.
On Tuesday, school officials sent letters to parents notifying them of grief counselors who will be available to students.
Students are also planning a memorial for Brendan at the school's homecoming parade.