Friends say goodbye to teen killed by alleged drunk driver

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 21

Friends remember teen at funeral

MESA -- Family and friends said their last goodbyes to a Gilbert teen who was killed by an alleged drunk driver while on her way to band practice last weekend.

Kelly Tracy, a student at Highland High School, was laid to rest Friday morning. Services were held at City of Grace Church in Mesa.

"She was an amazing musician, always good at what she played and always completely humble," bandmate Mitchell Shepherd said.

"She was always just there for you to be a friend, to be a shoulder to cry on, someone you could tell anything to and she'd never forget them," bandmate Elizabeth Keuter said.

All of the music played at the funeral service was written by Kelly.

She and her brother were on their way to a practice for the Gilbert Days Parade Saturday morning when they were hit by Manuel Contreras Galdean.

Kelly was airlifted to the hospital where she later died. Her brother survived the wreck.

Police believe Contreras Galdean, who reportedly has admitted to being in this country illegally, was drunk at the time.

Students from several high schools are hosting car washes or other events to raise money for Kelly's family.

In addition, an account has been set up in the family's name at Washington Mutual.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

GILBERT - A Gilbert teen was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver.

Police say 16-year old Kelly Tracy was driving to band practice at Highland High school with her brother Saturday when Manuel Contreras Galdean turned in front of the car causing the deadly crash.

Police say Kelly was airlifted to a local hospital where she later died. Kelly's brother, who was driving the car at the time, was taken to a different hospital where he was treated and released.

Reportedly, Galdean admits to being in the country illegally. He is charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault.

An account has been set up in the Tracy family name at Washington Mutual.