BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A funeral was held Friday for a New Jersey high school athlete who was killed in a car wreck last week.
Hundreds of people came to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield to say goodbye to 16-year-old Christina Lembo.
The teen was in the back seat of a Honda Civic on her way with friends to a sleepover last Saturday when police said a Chevy Camaro slammed into the Civic as it made a left-hand turn.
Four people were injured. Lembo was killed.
“Going to the candle light vigil and seeing how many people were there…In school, the walls were covered with her pictures, her locker is covered in stuff,” Lembo’s friend Aziz Naouay told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan. “Bloomfield has truly come together.”
Those who knew her said Lembo was truly special. She stood out because of the way she treated others.
“That’s the one thing I remember about her. It’s her smile — that’s one thing I will always remember about her,” Rubne Sota said.
Lembo’s death is a sad reminder for many that nothing in life can be taken for granted.
“We’re changing how we live now because anything can happen,” said friend John Festa.
Lembo was a soccer star who planned to play in college and then go on to become a physical therapist.
A grand jury will consider whether any charges will be filed.
Investigators said they’re looking into a number of possible causes for the crash, including whether the other driver was drag racing.