Memorial held for five young victims killed in a Riviera Beach car crash

Friends say they are still in shock

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - A memorial service for five young victims of a fatal car crash on April 13th was held Sunday evening at Hill-Top Baptist Church in Riviera Beach.

The five Riviera Beach residents were killed in a car crash just off I-95 near the Blue Heron Boulevard exit ramp, after a Mercedes allegedly ran a red light and slammed into their Lexus.

Killed in the crash were 14-year-old Makita Campbell,  22-year-old Orane Cummings, 17-year-old Shonteria Grimsley, 17-year-old Christina Joseph and 22-year-old Jason Mahlung.

Authorities say 21-year-old Jabari Kemp of Florida City was driving the Mercedes that allegedly ran a red light and rammed into the Lexus. Kemp went to St. Mary's Medical Center in serious condition after the accident.

Darryl Brown was one of dozens of mourners. He is the same age as his good friend Jason Mahlung, who police say was the driver of the Lexus that was hit by the Mercedes.

"We went to school together, Palm Beach Gardens High School," said Brown. "We stayed right next door to each other, grew up together."

 

Since the crash, Brown said he has had to make peace with what happened.

"I didn't believe it at first. I had to make sure. It's unreal," said Brown. "I think about it all the time. I just can't stop thinking about it."

Brown hoped the memorial service would lift mourners' spirits.

"Keep their head up, everybody," he said. "They're in a better place."

The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. 

No word yet if alcohol played a factor in the crash, and no charges have been filed.

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