Redondo Beach Church Remembers Victims Killed, Injured in Crash

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Candles, flowers and stuffed animals were left on a corner in Redondo Beach Dec. 18, 2014, a day after a fatal crash at the site. (Credit: KTLA)

In one photo, Samuel Gaza sits among his young friends, wearing a tie and beaming with happiness.

In another, he is with his family, his mother proudly grasping the arm of his older sister, who holds a trophy.

On Sunday at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, people who knew Samuel gazed at the photos, now part of a memorial bursting with teddy bears, poinsettias and candles, and remembered a 6-year-old whose infectious spirit made him everyone’s friend.

Others who did not know him pondered the terrible twist of fate that put Samuel, who was hoping to get a Star Wars light saber for Christmas, in the path of a driver who ran a red light and plowed into a crowd of people leaving a holiday concert at the church.

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