The True Impact of Illegal Street Racing

Valentina D'alessandro

Forever 16

#live4val Valentina: founder of Street Racing skillsAs her mom, I work for her as the Executive Director of SRK.My pretty girl, at 16Long hair tinted red, cute dimples funny, pretty, emotionalfavorite snack Jamba Juice, Cheetos & Cream cheese.favorite Restaurant: Panerafavorite home-cooked meal: Broccoli pasta, FettuccineAlfredo, Rajas with rice and carne asada with sour creamLoved to shop: Melrose and any MallFavorite places: Disneyland & Barnes and NobleBorn in Torrance Ca.Traveled to: Napa Valley, Mexico City, Acapulco, Phoenix Arizona, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Vegas, and Palm Springs.2013-2014 Dream trips New Years with Family -Fashion club trip to New York, going to see penguins at the Long Beach Aquarium,Dreams: After graduation backpacking through Europe…..loving life! Friends, Family, and her bunny called Bunny.


Forever 23

#live4bethany On May 11, 2019, I lost my life at the age of 23-years-old because two young men decided to engage in an illegal street racing contest. My daughter Layla was only 6-years-old at the time, she was my pride and joy.  She was my best friends and we did everything together, my little girl will ever understand why I am never coming home. 

I was a mother, sister, daughter, niece and good friend to many.  I was adventurous, enjoyed trying new things, visiting new places and traveling.  I enjoyed museums, hiking, taking long drives or listening to music all day long.  I loved dying my hair unique colors which gave me the nick name “Unicorn”.  I never cared about what others thought, I did what made me happy! My life was my journey and I lived it my way.  I now fly with my own wings and guard my family night and day.             

My Aunt “Lori Argumedo” is the Outreach & Community Relations Director for Street Racing Kills, she joined the organization after my passing.  When she laid me to rest she promised me she would keep my memory alive and that my death would not be in vain. She is passionate about preventing and creating awareness regarding the dangers of illegal street racing and traffic safety among the youth.

Michelle Littlefield

Forever 19

Natalee Asal Moghaddam

Forever 19

Jaiden K. Johnson

Forever 20

Liam Thiago Lagunas

Forever 6

#Live4Liam Liam made everyone feel joy. He was filled with love and shared that feeling with all the people he meet. He had a gentle soul. Liam was my joy for almost 7 yrs. He was a special boy about to conquer the world. Liam had a gift to share, wise beyond his years. He loved life, nature, animals, water and had a smile that was contagious. A laugh that made you feel joyful. His thirst for life was huge. Liam was our Sunshine.

Tony Santillan

Forever 19

#Live4Tony My youngest brother Tony Santillan was tragically taken from us at the young age of 19 in December 2002 because the person who was driving the car he was in decided to race another car! There were a total of 5 people in the car and my brother was killed! Our lives changed forever on December 28, 2002 due to the irresponsibility of one person who decided that it was okay to race another car. My brother Tony had just turned 19 on December 2nd, he had his whole life ahead of him. Tony was full of life and laughter, he was kind, loving, funny and very handsome 🥰 his favorite foods were pizza, KFC and our mom’s spaghetti. He loved riding his bike and spending time with his friends. He would be the life of the party and always can make you laugh. We miss my brother so much and will forever keep his memory alive. ♥

Cerain Baker

Forever 21

#Live4Cerain Cerain and 2 of his friends was tragically taken from us way to soon from 2 street racers on August 3, 2021. Cerain and his friends were in a car making a left turn when 1 out of the 2 cars that were racing against each other, hit them. The car was racing down a 35 mph speed zone at an unimaginable speed. The speed of the cars that were racing was the major factor that took the lives of our babies. This careless act has left us devastated.!!!

Cerain we miss you like crazy. The world will never be the same because you are not here but I know you live on!!! We miss and love you so much. Fly high, my son.
Love Mom

Benny Goblin

Forever 36

#Live4Benny Benny Golbin’s friends recalled him as friendly, positive, gifted, and sweet, which described not only his personality but the beautiful sounds coming from his saxophone.  “If there was anyone I was always excited to show up to a gig and stand next to it was Benny. A rare combination of brilliance, faithfulness, kindness, gentleness, intelligence, humility, and warmth. Everyone loved laughing with Benny and listening to him play a burning soulful solo.

Durrell Aaron Coley

Forever 10

#Live4Durrell Durrell Is my son. I never get to hug him again, at 10 years old he is gone forever because 5 adults decided to street race. Durrell was upfront with no seat belt on. The car he was in was overtaking a vehicle then he lost control and went through a field. The car started flipping and my baby was thrown from the vehicle. He was with someone he trusted. And he was definitely abusing that trust. Durrell loved to play football. He was so fast and he would have made it. He wasn’t embarrassed by me. I just miss him. Please live for him. He doesn’t get that chance.

Timothy Ogden

Forever 34

#Live4Timmy  Timothy Timmy I called him was a kind forgiving soul who never took a side in an argument and if he did you never knew it .. when it came to family at least. He was always trying to help everyone.. He was kind caring compassionate and a very sincere child and that is what he always was to me .. My first baby .. I was the older sister and his mom was only 14 when she had him .. so my mom and i had him most of the time till he was 10.. He had my heart from the day he was born … He loved learning.. loved art and music .. and culture.. I dont think Tim ever made an enemy on this earth… The morning I found out he was gone it was like someone reached in me and ripped my heart from my chest.. there is a big gaping hole there now..I dont know how to go on .. but I need to tell his story i know he would want me to …. An illegal street racing event took his life from me from us… he was 34 starting a family and getting married to his high school sweetheart this year.. now the worst feeling is the emptiness…. not knowing hes on this earth anymore is killing me inside… He is my Angel always was always will be ….

Eric Matthew Gullekson

Forever 16

#Live4Eric Forever loved my son Eric u brought us so much joy and light in our family u are truly deeply missed but everyone who had the honor of knowing u will forever hold the light u left in there heart ♥️ till we see each other again my son mommy loves u n holds u close n her heart . I see the signs u send me from heaven I love you ..🕊🤍🙏🏻

Raymond Stephen Olivares Suarez

Forever 27

#Live4Raymond As a child I always strived to be a positive contribution to society. Despite being born and raised in south central where the odds of being successful are rare. I was an honors student in grade school and through college. I attended CAL-STATE LA where I studied Civil Engineering. I became a student Engineer juggling a work-life balance to be able to pay for my studies and not add another burden to my parents. My dream of becoming an engineer was more so to make my immigrant parents proud in hopes that I could someday own a construction company to provide well-paid jobs to those seeking the American dream. My biggest passion was cooking as a kid I always dreamed of being a culinary chef but my parent’s dreams came before mines. so I would still follow my passion by cooking for fun and for my family. One day I decided that I wanted the rest of the world to try my delicious creations so in my spare time I launched a small business named “Let’s do Breakfast” which operated on my off days weekends and we would get preorders and sold out time after time. I was so motivated to one day open up a restaurant to the point that I came up with my logo… a cartoon version of me. I enjoyed traveling so much and tasting foods from all the places I was given the opportunity to visit alongside of my high school sweetheart of 11 years Maria. Maria was my first and only love, the love of my life. For our tenth anniversary, I proposed to her in the most romantic way possible with the help of my family. We bought our first home and became fur parents. our wedding was scheduled for our 12th anniversary on 12/16/23 . 2023 was going to be the year we pursued our dream of parenthood, and that was our last goal on the list but unfortunately a reckless driver robbed me from my dream of being a husband and dad. My story must be heard because no one should be stripped away from their accomplishments. I had so many people depending on me like my parents, sisters, only brother which is autistic, my niece and 2 nephews that needed a role model like myself to guide them through life. As life can be challenging and full of bad influences. I am saddened that I lived life by the book with principles and morals consider myself a fair person that always stood by what was right but was stripped from all of my hard work and sacrifices by someone who was careless, self-centered, and had no regard to human life.

Marisa Isidora Alvarado

Forever 20

#Live4Marisa Marisa Isidora Alvarado lost her precious life on June 23, 2021 – the day my world changed forever. She lived life to the fullest every single day and was an inspiration and role model for many. Marisa never met a stranger; her infectious smile, generosity and loving & outgoing personality was captivating. Mom is so proud of you, baby girl.

Julie Samples Skeen

Forever 55

#Live4Jules Jules was a friend to everyone. She would give the shirt off her back to help someone. She was delivering a door dash to a client when she was hit by street racers and killed. No one will ever hear her jokes, her laugh, her voice, all for a few quick few minutes of fun by a teenager.

Jason “Jay” Robert Riola Jr.

Forever 16

#Live4Jay My son, Jay, was catastrophically taken from this world and gained his angel wings on August 17, 2022, at the age of 16. He was traveling home with his dad, the driver of the vehicle, from a dinner night out with friends when the rear tire blew causing loss of control of the vehicle. This was due to illegal street racing at a very high rate of speed. My son and his dad were pronounced at the scene. The other passenger of the vehicle did survive with injuries. Jaybird, my beautiful baby boy, you packed more joy in 16 short years than most people experience in a lifetime. Our hearts are shattered, our minds incapable of comprehending such a tragedy, our hope is that God has a much bigger and better plan for you. Until we meet again…Always in our hearts. We love you Buddy! #FlyHighJay

Chris & Damian

Forever 13 & Forever 2

#Live4Chris&Damian Chris and Damian were so loved. Chris was only 13 but he was very considerate and sensitive to others emotions/ being, he was very active and a fun boy to be around. Little Damian was 2 and super smart for his age and was barely learning how to form sentences, he loved his cars more than anything in this world as well as playing with his siblings. On the morning on January 9th 2023 we got hit by a reckless driver at a high speed and driving under the influence. Chris and Damian were taken from us at such young age and not a day goes by where they are missed.

Dalton Ford and Tayler Garza

Both Forever 22

#Live4Dalton&Tayler Dalton Lee Ford and Tayler Nicole Garza both 22 years old lost their lives on April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday Morning to siblings that were drag racing each other down a county road in Burnsville MN. The speed limit on that county road is 55 mph. 5 seconds before impact the vehicles with the 19 year old sister was going 107 mph in a chevy malibu and the other vehicle a white chrysler 200 which was driven by her brother and his twin sister were going 114 mph. At the time of impact, which was a T-Bone, splitting Dalton’s Honda CRV in half the white chrysler was going 100 mph. Dalton and Tayler were making a left hand turn to go through a Caribou Coffee. It was Easter Sunday Morning. They were then planning on coming back home to Prescott WI to visit with family that were still in town. You see, the last day we spent with Dalton and Tayler was my Dad’s funeral. Dalton’s Grandpa. He passed away on March 26th at the age of 83. I lost my father, son and future daughter in law in 9 days. My Dad had been in poor health. He lived a great life. Dalton and Tayler had just started theirs. The siblings were arrested that day. The 19 year old sister was tried as an adult. Went to a jury trial. Was found guilty. She was sentenced to 15 years. The prosecuting attorneys wanted 25. Should have been 25 for Dalton and 25 for Tayler. Her brother at the time was 80 shy of 18 years of age. On probation (3rd time) for assault and theft. He was certified as a juvenile. He spent 241 days in a juvenile facility in MN. He is currently out on probation until his 21st birthday which is June 2024. If he keeps his nose clean come that birthday it will be like it never happened. We are fighting for change. I will continue to fight for Dalton and Tayler.

Valerie Jo Garcia

Forever 45

On the morning of 2/27/2024, we tragically and senselessly lost our sister Valerie because two men decided they wanted to race around 1 am on Buckner Blvd in Dallas, TX. We had just lost our other Priscilla sister exactly 7 days before unexpectedly. My sister VALERIE worked so hard to get the car she was driving. She only had the car for a couple of months. Valerie was proud of that accomplishment. Our sister worked overnight and she was on her way to work when she was killed by the silver Impala and red truck that were racing on Buckner Blvd in Dallas, TX. The car hit her while going 80 mph. My sister didn’t have a chance, she was killed instantly. Illegal street racing is what killed our sister. My sister had three adult children just starting their lives and she won’t be around to witness any of their accomplishments. We will fight for justice and help in the crusade to stop illegal street racing.