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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - On Saturday night, a community came together to remember a Clark County teen who died last Thursday in a car crash on Ironworks Road.

Luis Fuentes' friends and classmates attended Saturday’s emotional vigil where they honored his life and mourned his untimely death.

The untimely death of 16-year-old Fuentes came as a devastating blow to the community.

“His passing away was a really big tragedy so we want to keep his memory alive,” said Kasey Koger, a friend of Luis.

Luis' loved ones gathered to say goodbye during a vigil which honored his memory and gave them a chance to mourn his death together.

Family and friends went straight from a fundraiser they held for Luis to George Rogers Clark High School where the 16-year-old would've been a junior this upcoming school year.

“He was amazing. He had a lot of friends and he was just a good person and everyone loved him,” said Becca Koger, Luis’ girlfriend.

During the vigil, they celebrated his life, mourned his death and reflected on the good times they shared with him and the unforgettable memories they made together.

“We will always remember him and he’s always with us and we will never let his memory die,” Kasey Koger said.

“He made the biggest impact on me. He was always there anytime I needed him he was always there,” Becca Koger told us.

In the difficult days that lay ahead, friends and family say they will find solace and strength by leaning on one another.

All proceeds from Saturday’s fundraiser and vigil will be donated to Roland & Taylor Funeral Home in Winchester.

The visitation for Fuentes will be at that funeral home on Tuesday from three to six.
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Following the tragic death of Luis Fuentes, his fellow classmates and community members are now pulling together and finding ways to help his grieving family.

On Thursday, the 16-year-old Clark County boy was killed in a wreck on Ironworks Road in Winchester.

“We are trying to raise money for his family to help them with anything they need,” said Fuentes' friend, Ricky Crawford.

Volunteers of all ages spent their Saturday working outside on the hot day to sell cold bottled water and popsicles for Fuentes' funeral fund.

“Everybody sitting here, we are all close to Luis and love him like he was family,” Crawford said.

Meanwhile, each of them also spent time reminiscing on the young man whose life was taken far too soon.

“He was always smiling, he never turned anyone away if they needed help and he always brightened up people's day.”

A candlelight vigil will be held for Luis Fuentes Saturday night at 8:00 at the George Clark Rogers High School in Winchester.

All proceeds from Saturday’s fundraiser and vigil will be donated to Roland & Taylor Funeral Home in Winchester.

The visitation for Fuentes will be at that funeral home on Tuesday from three to six.


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