Three young victims who were killed in a crash in the Murrieta area over the weekend were ages 13, 16 and 18, according to a report and the Riverside County coroner’s office.
The teens died on State Route 79, north of Benton Road, in Winchester on Saturday shortly before 2 a.m., according to a Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner news release.
They were headed southbound in a Lexus 300 when the vehicle went off the road and crashed into a guard rail, the Press Enterprise reported, citing police. The car ended up in a dirt field.
Authorities identified the victims on Sunday as 13-year-old Kile Kennedy III, 16-year-old Anthony Aleman and 18-year-old Tate Herman. All three were from Hemet.
The mother of one of the victims told the newspaper that the three were on an outing to celebrate Kile’s birthday when the fatal crash occurred. The boy had just turned 13.
A GoFundMe page set up by Anthony’s family confirmed the 16-year-old was killed in a crash, along with two of his friends.
“It’s been a horrible tragedy … We are completely devistated (sic) for this loss. I am not sure when his parents will be able to go back to work,” Nico Magee, who identified herself as the sister-in-law of the boy’s mother, wrote on the fundraising page.
Herman was remembered on a separate GoFundMe page as “a chill, loving, funny, talented, young man.”
He played baseball, as did the 13-year-old victim, according to comments on fundraising pages for both boys.
A GoFundMe page set up for Kile described him as “a beloved son, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, and brother.”
The sites were set up to help the victims’ families and pay for the teens’ funeral expenses.
The Murrieta Police Department was investigating the crash, the coroner’s office said.