BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Bloomfield High School students are remembering a fellow classmate who was killed Saturday night in a car crash.
A makeshift memorial continues to grow at the scene of the crash in Bloomfield where 16-year-old Christina Lembo lost her life.
“I remember her laugh because she used to shrink up her nose and it would come bursting out,” said friend Aleena Khan. “It’s amazing how everything can happen in the blink of an eye and she’s not here.”
“We all miss her already and love her,” said friend Ashley Cunningham.
“Soccer team loved her … today in school was more quiet than usual or my goodness like you usually can’t hear yourself think in the school but today was horrible,” said Patricia Jean-Paul of Bloomfield. “She was a sweet … very, very sweet girl.”
Lembo was in the back seat of a Honda Civic on her way with friends to a sleepover when police said a Chevy Camaro slammed into the Civic as it made a left-hand turn.
Four people were injured. Lembo was killed.
Robert Nieves said he heard the crash and believes the driver of the Camaro was speeding.
“He had to be going over 90,” said Nieves.
Friends said Lembo was a soccer star who planned to play in college and then go on to become a physical therapist.
“She was just an amazing person and this shouldn’t have happened to her,” said friend Maia Tomey.
“It’s just a horrible day,” said Khan. “I don’t think anyone can concentrate. She was loved by everyone, the whole community.”
“She was so young she was just starting her life,” said Melanie Drake of Bloomfield. “I knew her brother and my heart goes out to the family — it’s just terrible this happened.”
Police have not released the official cause of the accident. It is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. As of now, no charges have been filed.
Investigators are still waiting for a blood test to see if alcohol was involved.
“When I heard this I hope there’s justice in this,” Lembo’s grammar school teacher Linda Tamar told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan. “She was a wonderful student liked by everyone — she will really be missed.”
Bloomfield High School’s soccer team will play their game Thursday in Lembo’s memory.
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