ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Family and friends held a vigil for the two teens who were killed Monday in a fiery crash.
- Teens killed Monday in crash involving stolen car
- Family, friends gathered at the crash site
- Other Bay area teens have died in similar crashes
- RELATED: 2 killed in stolen car crash in St. Petersburg
About 100 people gathered at the crash site on 38th Avenue at 49th Street Tuesday night. It's where police say 18-year-old Damari Milton and 16-year-old Dequante Lightsey died when the stolen car they were in slammed into a tree and caught fire.
The group said prayers, sang songs and released balloons. Many said they came out to comfort the teens' grieving mothers.
Lightsey's mother and brother said the incident should be a wake-up call for teens in the area.
"I believe God took him to show his friends or anybody that knew him that y'all got to stop," Lightsey’s mother Latasha Teehartt said.
"They did not deserve to die this way at all," Lightsey's brother Davion said. "But they were in a stolen car. They were making bad decisions but they did not deserve to die this way. Bad decisions you can learn from them, you can overcome them but a life, you can’t overcome that. You only get one."
The teens are two of several teenagers killed in the Bay area in crashes involving stolen cars in the last few years.