LAKE WORTH - "She was so sweet." That's how friends of Amanda DeJesus described her.
They held a vigil for her Friday night in Lake Worth.
"She was never sad she always brightened up your day," says Sara Quintalilla.
But her bright life turned dark several hours earlier. Amanda and fellow classmates decided to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation at Jimmy's Cafe, also referred to by some as El Toro Loco nightclub.
But excitement quickly turned to despair. As people exited the building because of a fight, Amanda was shot and killed by a drive-by shooter. Friends say she was someone everyone got along with and trying to make sense of a senseless crime is impossible.
"It just sucks that something like that would happen to somebody like her because she didn't deserve it," one of her friends said.
Witnesses tell police a dark-colored SUV with several males inside drove by and started shooting. One of the passengers turned himself in Friday and told police he was inside the car with the shooter. Friday night friends tried to focus on the victim's life, a life they say was cut way too short.
"She had the ability to walk into any room and talk to anybody whether you knew her or didn't know her," says another friend.
But Amanda's death is yet another to add to the violence that has taken place at the club.
In August of 2009 a man was shot to death in the parking lot. In December in 2009 another man was shot but he survived, and in March a security officer was stabbed during a fight.
Teens say with its history, and now another innocent victim dead, something needs to be done.
"You would think after so many incidents that they would actually get their act together, said one.
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