The True Impact of Illegal Street Racing
#live4val Valentina: founder of Street Racing skillsAs her mom, I work for her as the Executive Director of SRK. My pretty girl, at 16 Long hair tinted red, cute dimples funny, pretty, emotional favorite snack Jamba Juice, Cheetos & Cream cheese. favorite Restaurant: Panera favorite home-cooked meal: Broccoli pasta, FettuccineAlfredo, Rajas with rice and carne asada with sour cream Loved to shop: Melrose and any Mall Favorite places: Disneyland & Barnes and Noble Born 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.
#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.
Jaiden K. Johnson
Liam Thiago Lagunas
#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.
#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. ♥
#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.
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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