Friends, family remember Vista Ridge students killed

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on January 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 10:08 AM

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Two Vista Ridge High School teenagers died after a crash in Cedar Park last night.

Police say 17-year-old Taylar Lesser and 18-year-old Nathaniel Gomez were traveling north on Parmer lane when they crossed over the median and into oncoming traffic. A Volkswagen hit their car. The teenagers died at the scene.

Crowds of people visited the crash site Saturday evening to set up a memorial with balloons, crosses and pictures.

"We found out this morning at 4:00 when we got a knock on the door," said Gomez' mother Michelle Gonzales.

Gonzales described her son as a hard worker. Gomez would have graduated this year.

"I knew it couldn't have been my Nathaniel, but it was," she explained.

Friends know Lesser as the girl with a kind heart.

"She left a mark on Vista and I wanted to make sure that even people who didn't know who she was, knew she was a good person," said her friend Ashley Cooper.

But also friends knew the students together.

"They were the high school couple. Everyone knew them," Cooper said.

They had been dating since 2012. Friends said they rarely saw the couple apart.

"You didn't know them as 'Taylar and Nathaniel,' you knew them as 'Taylar AND Nathaniel,'" Cooper said.

"She was like our daughter. Any get-together we had she was invited, she came. She was part of the family," Gonzales said.

Friends said right now it still doesn't seem real. They won't see their classmates in school on Monday.

"I just was like 'No, it's not happening, not real. I'm going to see her.' And like, I know she's not," Cooper said.

By the end of the night friends sat closer to one another, huddled together around the memorial sharing stories and memories of Taylar and Nathaniel.

"It's extremely comforting and we're glad that he is surrounded by people like this," Gonzales explained.

"I want people to know, she was a great friend," Cooper said.

Friends say they've ordered bracelets to remember the students by. The school principal sent a letter to students and parents saying counselors will be available on campus this week.

 

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