PHOENIX - Phoenix police say three people have died in a single-vehicle crash near 51st Avenue and Elliot Road on Dec. 13.
Police say they responded to reports of a crash at 3:00 A.M. Sunday morning and discovered that the sedan was also on fire. Phoenix Fire crews put out the fire, and police found three people inside the car dead.
The car had somehow lost control and collided into a concrete drainage ditch, police say. Evidence suggests that speed was a factor in the crash.
Family of two of the victims identified them as 22-year-old Ervey "JR" Vasquez and 21-year-old Angelina Vasquez.
Angelina leaves behind a 10-month-old daughter.
Their loved ones say family was their first priority, and the two of them stepped up to support their single mother and five younger siblings.
"We miss them. We wish they were here with us. We love them," said Ervey and Angelina's uncle, Michael Goodman." Both of them.. through everything they went through at a young age, those experiences just made them stronger and more motivated to go out there and try harder to achieve the next goal and get to the next level."
A second female passenger, who was a friend of Angelina also died in the crash.
Police are still investigating.
If you'd like to help the family with funeral expenses, visit the link to their GoFundMe here.