A Las Vegas couple gathered with friends and family members Friday evening to remember their son, whose life was cut short at just 19 years old.
Leo Roybal, Trae to his friends, was an aspiring musician and pre-med student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was supposed to start his sophomore year this fall. That won't happen.
Leo Roybal was a passenger in a Ford Mustang in Las Vegas last week. The driver, Ralph Corpuz, 21, lost control of the car at Alta and Town Center drives.
Leo Roybal died at University Medical Center. Corpuz told police he had consumed three beers at a Las Vegas casino. He failed several sobriety tests.
"Make sure you do the right thing. I always told Trae make sure you do the right thing. That morning I received a visit. They rang my doorbell and it was all very tragic from there," said Leo Roybal's father, Bernie Roybal.
Metro police said Leo Roybal is one of 13 DUI-related deaths in a year that's seen close to 6,000 DUI arrests. That's up 1,000 from this time last year.
"We cry every day. We are still in shock. I can't believe we are on the other end and this is actually happening to my family," Bernie Roybal said.
Leo Roybal's parents said he wanted to be a doctor and help people.
"Drinking and driving kills people. Now my son is not coming back. We are just devastated. There are no words anyone can tell you (that can explain) how much pain and suffering we are going through. It's just terrible," Bernie Roybal said.
The family collected donations for Mothers Against Drunk Driving at Friday night's memorial service.
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