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Alexis Cheney: One of five victims in fiery Fort Pierce crash remembered in a vigil

Posted at 11:15 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 23:15:11-05

It has been six painful nights since five young people were killed in a fiery crash in Fort Pierce when their truck was rear-ended.

Thursday night, loved ones of one of those five victims held a vigil to remember 17-year-old Alexis Cheney.

They miss and remember all five people lost in that crash. Cheney's loved ones wanted to do something small and intimate to remember her alone.

“Knowing that I have memories of Alexis, it helps me day to day to look back over memories of her,” said Cheney's mentor, Annette Brown.

Brown was among the friends and family members who listened to songs said prayers and held pictures and candles.

Cheney left a mark on everyone who knew her.

“Alexis was a bubble of fun and joy and happiness and hugs all the time. Every time I would see Alexis, she would run up to me with her arms open and give me a hug," Brown said.

Cheney's friends know the void left in her family is immeasurable. Thursday night, they lit five candles for her siblings and parents.

"Those are the people that we as a community need to lift up right now," Brown said.

Investigators identified the others lost in the crash as 21-year-old Anthony Victor, 16-year-old Anthony Martin, 21-year-old Darien Douglas, and the driver, 27-year-old Kedan Tillett.

A 14-year-old girl was rescued from the truck that caught fire. She was also at the vigil Thursday to remember Cheney.

Investigators said Thursday that this will be a long and complex investigation.

The cause is still under investigation.