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By Jeff Pack

Murrieta student to be mourned at candlelight vigil on Monday

Lily Kelly Harrison, 15, was killed in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver


Last updated 6/3/2019 at 10:44pm

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Lily Kelly Harrison, 15, of Temecula and a student at Calvary Murrieta High School, was killed in a Saturday, June 1 crash in Temecula involving a Fallbrook man who has been charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol and felony vehicular manslaughter.

MURRIETA - Family, friends and members of the community are invited to celebrate the life of 15-year-old Calvary Murrieta High School student Lily Kelly Harrison who was killed Saturday, June 1 in a crash on Rancho California Road in unincorporated Temecula.

A candlelight vigil has been planned for 6 p.m. Monday, June 3 at Calvary Murrieta High School, 24225 Monroe Avenue in Murrieta, on the school's softball field, and according to family members, all are welcome.

In a Facebook and Instagram post shared throughout social media on Sunday and Monday, Kimberly Zember relayed a message from Lily's mother, Faith.

"I'm praying with my whole heart that God moves Mountains thru this tragedy to win lives for Jesus!!!" the post read. "I want to pack the house at the vigil and at the service (date not set yet). God is good. He is on the thrown. He always brings goodness. Always. Pack the house, to praise the Lord in the midst of our sorrow."

According to the California Highway Patrol Lily was killed in a high-speed traffic accident on Saturday, June 1 caused by the erratic driving of a 19-year-old Fallbrook man who has been charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol and felony vehicular manslaughter.

Jose A. Zazueta of Fallbrook was driving in excess of 55 miles per hour with three other passengers in his 2015 BMW 328i westbound on Rancho California Road and lost control of his vehicle into the opposing traffic lane where he collided with a Toyota Corolla driven by an 18-year-old Murrieta man. The impact of the collision caused Lily to suffer fatal blunt force trauma, according to the CHP.

The two other passengers in the Corolla were transported to local hospitals for treatment, as was Zazueta and another passenger from the BMW.

Zazueta booked into Southwest Detention Facility in Murrieta upon his release on Sunday, June 2 and is being held on $75,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Murrieta Southwest Justice Center.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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