FREMONT, California -- Grief counselors are available at a California high school to help students and faculty cope with the loss of a senior who was supposed to graduate in a few weeks.
Shane Marcelino died after her mother got into a car crash on Fremont Boulevard hours after her prom ended. They were less than two blocks way from their home when a car hit them at the intersection.
The teen attended James Logan High School in Union City.
Maria Marcelino survived the crash, but her daughter succumbed to her injuries.
"She was a kind-hearted person, and she always loved everyone," friend David Willkom said.
Shane was an honors student, played the flute in the school band and was just weeks away from graduation.
"She was supposed to be graduating next month, and just not seeing that hurts my heart," Willdom said. "I just want to see her graduate."
Tragedy hit James Logan High School earlier in the academic year, after the community lost a student and a former student in a car crash on I-880 in September.
"It's going to be a struggle to balance the typical type of celebration that one might experience at the end of a school year and temper it with, you know, really a very tragic accident," New Haven Unified School District Director of Pupil Services John Mattos said.
Maria Marcelino is being treated for major non-life threatening injuries at a hospital. The people in the car that hit her suffered minor injuries.
Fremont police are looking into whether alcohol or speeding played a role in the crash.