Family, friends mourn Merced teen who died in tragic car crash

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- Dozens turned out for a candlelight vigil for 16-year-old Riley Hanson last night in Merced.

Her color guard members performed a special dance for the popular teen.

She was killed last weekend in a crash along Highway 99 in Sacramento.

Her stepfather says Riley was a loving young woman, who always put others first.
"She has got this bright smile she's just incredibly bright and straight A student incredibly respect never ask for anything other than affection which she gives right back," Matthew Escobar, Riley's stepdad said.

Riley's friends are preparing a balloon release to take place during their high school football game tonight.

A fundraiser will take place on Saturday to raise money for her parents and seven siblings.
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