Family and friends gathered Wednesday to remember the 14-year-old boy who lost his life to a hit-and-run driver. A memorial service was held for Ricky Figueroa at Angelus Funeral Chapel on S. Circle.
A standing room only crowd of his friends and family sat, stood and waited in other parts of the Angelus Chapel to pay their respects to the boy they'll never see grow into a man.
"Ricky's probably looking down right now saying 'Wow! Did I have that many friends?' " said Deacon Ernesto Romero, who officiated the ceremony.
Ricky's cousin Brenda Figueroa spoke at the service and asked attendees to "enjoy each sunrise and sunset a little more," for Ricky.
Brenda led a line of young people who talked about Ricky about his heart, about his smile and about his ability to make others laugh.
"He was a great person and he'll be greatly missed and we hope that he lives through the hearts of his family and friends," Brenda said.
Ricky was an eighth grader at Galileo School of Math and Science. He was crossing the busy intersection at Airport and Circle on Thursday night when a pickup truck hit and killed him. Police have accused David Allen Henley Jr. of the crime.
"It's an injustice that he was taken so soon from us," said Brenda.
14 doves were released at the conclusion of the memorial service.
"He was just the sweetest guy, honestly, and I’m not just saying that because he was my brother," Cintia Gonzalez told 11News on the day after the accident.