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Community members mourn the loss of Lubbock teen

More than a hundred community members attended a candle light vigil to remember Lubbock teen Samantha Martinez who died in a Sunday morning car accident.

Martinez was only 19-years-old and at the beginning of her military career in the U.S. Army Reserves. In honor of her service to our country and her dedication to God, family members organized the vigil.

Family, friends and fellow soldiers gathered at the Wayland Baptist University parking lot on Tuesday night, just across from the scene of the accident. As community members silently reflected on Samantha's life, a make shift memorial of flowers and teddy bears was placed at the scene.

Earlier on Tuesday Lubbock High School's ROTC organized a ceremony to honor Samantha. Around three o'clock about 50 people circled the flag pole at the high school, joined hands and said a prayer.

Then dozens of her friends and family members took turns saying what they remembered most about Samantha. "I learned a lot from Samantha. I learned more than just being a dad, I learned how to continue being a leader," said Victor Aguilar, Samantha's father.

"The thing I'll always remember the most is her smile. She was good person and I know she is smiling down on us," cried one of her friends.

"I looked up to her. I have her leadership. I have her dedication, and now I have her strength," cried her little sister. "I just thank y'all for looking up to her because I know I do so much, and I love her. I know y'all do too. She is in a better place now," she said to the crowd.

Dozens of other similar speeches were made during the ceremony.

Samantha's memorial service will be held Wednesday night at seven, and her funeral will be Thursday morning at 10. Both ceremonies will take place at the Emmanuel Worship Center.

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