Vigil planned for brothers killed in crash

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Witnesses told police the brothers were running and fighting in the street near Tatum and Shea Boulevards shortly after 7:30 p.m., when they were hit by a car. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Witnesses told police the brothers were running and fighting in the street near Tatum and Shea Boulevards shortly after 7:30 p.m., when they were hit by a car. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The brothers attended Paradise Valley High School until this year when their family moved to another part of town. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The brothers attended Paradise Valley High School until this year when their family moved to another part of town. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
There's also a balloon release planned for Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Paradise Valley Skatepark. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There's also a balloon release planned for Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Paradise Valley Skatepark. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PARADISE VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Former classmates and friends are mourning the loss of two brothers killed in a tragic accident Friday night.

Iran Gamez-Rodriguez, 17, and his 15-year-old brother Roger were hit by a car around 7:30 p.m. Witnesses told police the brothers were running and fighting in the street near Tatum and Shea boulevards when they were struck. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene. Impairment is not believed to be a factor.

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"They were always close. They were always laughing, always hanging out, sometimes they did argue but that's what brothers do," said Trevor Wells, one of the brothers' friends. 

The brothers attended Paradise Valley High School until this year when their family moved to another part of town. But they kept in touch with the friends they grew up with since middle school.

“They were amazing. They put everyone above themselves. They always tried to cheer people up when they were feeling down. They always had a smile on their faces,” said Marielys Vega, a friend and former classmate of the brothers.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Tatum Boulevard and Desert Cove Avenue, which is just north of Shea Boulevard. Attendees should bring a candle or flowers to honor the memory of Iran and Roger.

Wells says the brothers were avid skateboarders and could often be found at the skate park.

There's also a balloon release planned for Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the skate park at Paradise Valley Park.
Anyone is welcome and people who attend are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks.

"Remember their names, remember what they loved to do and just remember that they were really good people. They liked to make people smile," said Wells.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family.

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