Friends And Family Gather To Remember Victims Of Fatal Crash

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Friends and family gathered Monday morning to pray for three teenage girls who were killed in a tragic car crash.

The three girls, Serena Sena, 14; Selena Mascarenas, 14; and Anisa Montoya, 18; were driving home to Alamosa from a church event in Pueblo when a truck ran a red light and hit them. Police say Gilbert Sanchez was driving that truck and was drunk behind the wheel.

About 150 people attended the prayer gathering Monday morning outside Alamosa High School, before the start of classes. The message from friends and family at that gathering was consistent with the three girls’ devout Christian faith. Attendees were asked to remember them, but also to have faith that the friends are now together in heaven.

"It was just awesome seeing her growing up just doing something for God, you know, assisting her father through the ministry," said Anisa Montoya's uncle, David Vigil. "It was nice to see her love life, love people and love reaching out to people."

The school is making councilors available for students who are affected by this loss.

Additionally, two other teenage girls were riding in the bed of Sanchez' truck at the time of the crash. Both girls were ejected and seriously injured.

According to a statement from Denver Health Wednesday, Jade Dorrance, 14, of Pueblo, was one of those girls. She remains in critical condition at that hospital. Her family released this statement:

Jade is currently in critical condition, but is healing following the accident and is surrounded by family and friends at her bedside who are offering prayer, comfort and support.

Our family thanks the community for their thoughts and prayers and the outpouring of support shown to us during this very difficult time. We are also grateful for the care she is receiving at Denver Health Medical Center.

At this time we are requesting privacy so that Jade may heal and our family can provide her with all of the support that she needs to make a full recovery.

A memorial fund was established at San Luis Valley Federal Bank. Donations can be made to the "Selena, Serena and Anisa Memorial Fund" by calling 719-589-6653 or sending donations to 401 Edison Avenue, PO Box 780, Alamosa CO, 81101.

Also, Applebee’s in Pueblo will be hosting a community pancake breakfast to support the accident victims on Saturday. It will be donations at the door. The breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, sausage links, coffee or juice and a ll proceeds will go directly to the victims.

The event will be held from 8:00am to 10:00am at both Pueblo locations.


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  • by Josephine Grant Location: california on May 1, 2012 at 06:38 PM
    I am so sorry to hear of this horrible accident. i met Anisa when my sister graduated fr Highlands. RIP Anisa! I remembered her singing and dancing in church and her Mom said look at Lil Mariah Carey ob fire for Jesus. Your all in my thoughts n prayers.
  • by Kelli hackett Location: Alamosa co on Apr 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    We will miss our angels but we know they are with our lord a saviour Jesus Anisa Selena and serina we all can't wait to see you in heaven I love you all so much ... I really hope and pray god convicts this mans heart. These awesome girls would want to see souls saved for Jesus even him so please everyone pray for this mans heart and for all our family's who have lost I was close to them all and this is what they would want thank you and god bless
  • by Kelli hackett Location: Alamosa co on Apr 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    We will miss our angels but we know they are with our lord a saviour Jesus Anisa Selena and serina we all can't wait to see you in heaven I love you all so much ... I really hope and pray god convicts this mans heart. These awesome girls would want to see souls saved for Jesus even him so please everyone pray for this mans heart and for all our family's who have lost I was close to them all and this is what they would want thank you and god bless
  • by moriah sanchez Location: costilla NM on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    We will miss are loved ones :'( I just dot understand how it hard to happen to areas ... but it did so I pray for all of the familys .... R.I.P .....girls we will miss you !!!!
  • by Pale Rider Location: 81007 on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    The drunk driver should Never see the light of freedom again, Never!
  • by wilma on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    please! please stop anyone from driving if they have been drinking or using drugs!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Know that many, though not in attendance, have you in our thoughts and prayers.
  • by Kim Location: Springs on Apr 30, 2012 at 09:45 AM
    I am a PK and this is really sad because even if your a pastor and believe in God emotions hit you. To the PASTORS don't stop keep going I know your daughter would wanted that:-) as well as the other parents keep your faith up dot give up!!!!
  • by anonymous Location: c/s on Apr 30, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    Curious to know how many DUI,s this drunk has had already and managed to get away with driving.
  • by anonymous Location: c/s on Apr 30, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    Curious to know how many DUI,s this drunk has had already and managed to get away with driving.
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