Funerals for girls killed in Halloween hit-and-run

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three 13-year-old trick-or-treaters who were killed by a hit-and-run driver are being remembered in Southern California.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday at two Orange County churches to honor them.

Pallbearers dressed in white delivered the matching white-and-gold caskets of twin sisters Lexi and Lexandra Perez to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Ana for a traditional Catholic funeral.

A family friend told KNX-AM that “They were always happy. They were always together.”

A few miles away at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, Andrea Gonzales was mourned in a similar ceremony.

One of her friends told KABC-TV that “She was a loving and caring person.”

The girls were crossing a street in a marked crosswalk near a school in Santa Ana when police say they were struck by a black Honda SUV that left the scene without stopping.

Orange County authorities arrested 31-year-old Jaquinn Bell at a motel in Stanton on Sunday.

He was charged with four felony counts on Tuesday.





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