Friends and family remember teens killed in crash in Phoenix

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Dozens came together to remember the 2 teens killed in a suspected drunk driving crash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Dozens came together to remember the 2 teens killed in a suspected drunk driving crash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Marcos Sanchez and Rene Martinez were killed in an early-morning crash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Marcos Sanchez and Rene Martinez were killed in an early-morning crash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Edgar Valenzuela. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Edgar Valenzuela. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Friends and family remembered two teenagers killed near 35th and Dunlap avenues with a prayer service on Monday night.

"When it comes to solid people, not really a lot of solid people around but Rene was a solid person," said Keith Teague.

Teague became friends with 19-year-old Rene Martinez three years ago after buying a car from him.

"He was really into cars, like any type of car he was really into," said Teague.

The two teenagers had spent the weekend together working on Martinez's car. Teague had last spoken to Martinez around 1:30 a.m. on Monday.

Teague couldn't believe when he woke up and saw the morning news.

"Pure devastation. I mean, I was like, so devastated," said Teague.

Martinez was with his friend, 18-year-old Marcos Sanchez, driving along 35th Avenue, around 2 a.m. when their car was hit from behind by another car. The two of them were killed instantly.

[READ MORE: 2 dead after suspected impaired driver rear-ends vehicle]

"I just wish something would have happened where my friend didn't have to lose his life," said Teague.

Friends and family gathered at the site of the accident on Monday night. Candles, prayers and tears were shared among them as they mourned the loss of Martinez and Sanchez.

The driver, who police say caused the crash, is 26-year-old Edgar Valenzuela. He and his passenger only suffered minor injuries.

He was questioned by police, who said he was driving drunk.

He was arrested and booked on charges of second-degree murder and endangerment.

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