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Vigil held for teens struck by car

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Prayers of healing and mercy were spoken, and candles of hope were lit by dozens of students at Northwest Career Technical Academy Wednesday. 

They gathered in honor of Jesse Hill, 18, and his girlfriend, Anne-Marie Ricci, 16.

Ricci is a Junior at the school, Hill graduated in 2012.

The teens were walking outside on New Year's Day in a nearby neighborhood to take pictures before Hill headed back to college in Arizona. They were struck by a car on the sidewalk by Christian Ivan Diaz, 19, who was behind the wheel according to North Las Vegas police.

Diaz and a passenger, Ricardo Daniel Velasquez, 18, were both arrested after the crash.

Hill died a day after the accident.

Family members of both teens attended the vigil, encouraged by the showing of love and support.

"We know that Jesse was so full of life," said Hill's aunt, Yvonne Fletcher. "Always a smile on his face. He wouldn't want us crying 24-7."

Anne-Marie Ricci is still in intensive care, but is improving each day according to her brother.

"Her moving a little bit each day, it's something more than the last day and that's what we look forward to and remember form the previous day," said Robert Ricci. 

"It's hard to not sit here and just be full of anger, but definitely our focus is on Anne-Marie and her recovery," he added Ricci.

Friends of Hill tell FOX5 his organs were able to be donated to five individuals.

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