The latest on the crash from Thursday is available here.
WHEELING, Ill. — Four students at Buffalo Grove High School were killed in a three-vehicle crash in Wheeling.
The victims have been identified as: 16-year-old Jesus Rodriguez, 17-year-old Kevin R. Hernandez-Teran and 18-year-old Richard De-lta of Wheeling, and 17-year-old Ricky Barcenas of Arlington Heights.
High School District 214 has confirmed all four boys were students at Buffalo Grove High School.
According to police, the crash happened around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Dundee and Schoenbeck roads.
One student remains hospitalized, according to the school district.
Police said speed and a disregard for traffic signals seem to be the primary factors of the crash.
Angelina Gomez was following her brother and friends in another vehicle when the crash happened.
“It was so dark I couldn’t see,” she said. “We were just going home.”
Gomez witnessed the crash and jumped out of her car to help.
“My brother, he was still breathing so I tried opening the door,” Gomez said. “I couldn’t. He was just there as if he was sleeping.”
The school district released the following statement:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these students during this time of tragedy. We also offer condolences to all Buffalo Grove students, families and staff members. Names of the students have not been announced publicly out of respect for grieving families during this unimaginably difficult time.
Buffalo Grove High School is closed today because of a fire last evening. We will, however, be making counselors available as soon as possible to help our school community deal with this tragic loss and will inform students, staff and families directly regarding this.High School District 214
Brenda Lorenzo’s son Ricky was in the back seat during the crash.
“I miss him so much,” Lorenzo said. “It’s so devastating. I just want to see him again and come back to my house and give me a hug and a kiss goodnight.”
She said he loved soccer and worked hard in school and at his part-time job. He just went to prom and was planning ahead for college.
“My baby was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Lorenzo said.
She said Ricky loved his two brothers. His five-year-old brother Angel thought Ricky was his hero.
“He’s only five and he keeps asking about him, ‘When is he coming back home?'” Lorenzo said. “I just can’t explain what happened.”
A memorial has grown at the site of the deadly crash.
Throughout Wednesday, people visited the site to lay flowers, embrace each other and share memories of the teens who were killed.
The fatal crash is under investigation. No further information has been provided at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the crash is urged to contact the Wheeling Police Department at 847-459-2632.
Families of the victims have created fundraisers to help pay for funeral expenses for the teens.
- GoFundMe for Ricky Barcenas
- GoFundMe for Jesus Rodriguez
- GoFundMe for Kevin Hernandez-Teran
- Spotfund for Richard De-lta