Funeral for Riviera Beach crash victim held Saturday

17 year-old Shonteria Grimsley one of five victims

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Friends and family turned out Saturday to remember 17 year-old Shonteria Grimsley.

"Shay" or "Shonte", was one of five young people killed last week in a crash on Blue Heron Boulevard.
Neveisha Brown thought her mom was playing a cruel joke on her when she learned her friend had been killed.

"We were just talking a couple of hours before she died.  I was just in shock," said Brown.

The mourners who came to Mount Calvary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach talked about Grimsley's love for cooking, love for her siblings, and overall love for life.

"We planned to grow up together and just to know that she's gone before...(heavy sigh)," said Brown.

Hazel Gagno worked with Grimsley's mom.

"We have 5 kids that are gone right now and I don't know what to be feeling right now," said Gagno.

Mourners were told that this day should be treated as a celebration of Shonteria's life.  But her friends now look at life a little differently.

"I have to be more protective. Since I lost her and I feel like I don't want to lose nobody else who is close to me so I check up on them every second you know," said Neveisha Brown.

The investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol continues.  No charges have been filed yet in last week's crash that happened when a car driven by Jabari Kemp of Florida City crashed into the other vehicle, killing all five inside.

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