Family, friends remember Fremont teen killed by suspected drunk driver

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FREMONT (KRON) — A vigil was held Monday night for an East Bay teenager who was killed over the weekend.

17-year-old Armando Canales was killed Saturday morning on Highway 17 in Santa Clara County in a crash involving a suspected wrong-way drunk driver.

Canales played football at Washington High School in Fremont.

At a vigil Monday night, you can tell just how loved Canales was in this community.

Friends and family shared stories after two hours at the vigil — all of them saying he was a positive person who just wanted to help others.

“I love him and I know. I just hope he looks down on me for the rest of my life. I know I’m going to go somewhere for him. He’s my motivation. I love him. He’s my brother for life no matter what,” said a friend of Canales.

They were remembering a friend, a student, a brother and son.

“My son was full of life. I could tell you that he would always throw that cheesy smile up on his face no matter what the situation may be,” said the teen’s mother.

“He’s really going to be missed here. It’s so different now,” another friend said.

The CHP says Canales and four other students were on Highway 17 early Saturday morning, when a suspected drunk driver driving the wrong way crashed into their car.

Officers arrested 28-year-old Ashley Marie Oliver from San Jose.

Friends and family are frustrated, saying Canales had big plans in life.

Now Canales’ friends says his dreams and memory will live on.

“His goal was to be a fireman,” his mother said. Students at Washington High are planning more events at the school to keep the teen’s memory alive.

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