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Gabriel Nainoa (22) and a friend were killed when their vehicle struck a palm tree
Published: Jun 23, 2008 @ 3:00 AM
Gabriel Nainoa (22)
Jun 17, 2008
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Vyleece Goudeau and her 11-month-old son walked slowly Tuesday morning through shattered glass strewn along the north side of West Washington Boulevard, near Lincoln Avenue.
At that spot hours earlier, a car crash claimed the life of Goudeau's boyfriend, James Valentine, 21, and another man.
With tears flowing down her cheeks, Goudeau took a piece of chalk and wrote out the words, "We love you dad" on the pavement.
"I will always love him," Goudeau said. "He was a good dad. I'm going to miss him, and I will never forget him."
Her boyfriend, known to his friends as "Kenny," and another man, whose name was not released on Tuesday by police, were killed in the 9:45 p.m. crash Monday night.
A third man, Delenor Griffin, 27, of Pasadena remained in critical condition.
"It was such a short life," said Valentine's aunt, Karen McPheeters, one of many relatives and friends who showed up to place memorials and pay their respects.
McPheeters erected a poster of Valentine's face.
Pasadena police said that the two men died after their car hit a palm tree and ripped through a brick wall. Police believe the vehicle was traveling at "a high rate of speed" before it went out of control, Pasadena police Lt. Phlunte Riddle said.
Pasadena resident Landis Scott came to the site and said his friend was one of the men killed in the crash.
"He was a good dude. We were just working out the other day," he said, staring in disbelief, resting his head against the tree. "I just want to know what happened."
Dozens of cars stopped or slowed to look at the scene - traces of the broken brick wall were scattered on the ground next to car parts.
Samuel Thorn, who said he was a childhood friend of Valentine, was one of the first to arrive. He sat on a stoop near the debris.
"I feel that this could have been prevented," he said.
Residents on the street said it was not the first time a collision had occurred on Washington. Some said a dip in the road had in the past caused other vehicles to lose control in the same area as Monday's crash.
Crash in Pasadena kills two, injures one
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