With hugs, tears and story telling, hundreds of friends and family of Brett Jones, the Marine killed in a car crash on HWY 50 early Thursday morning, gathered in Sacramento's Glenbrook Park for a candle light vigil Friday night, remembering a life cut short.
Friends shared how the loss has hit them and how Jones brought sunshine into their lives.
"There's only one word that I know that can describe Brett, and that's 'great.' He's a great man," said J.J. Jones, a former high school football teammate.
Investigators with the California Highway Patrol say that spirit, that energy, was taken when 23-year-old Alexandra Jimenez crashed into the back of a big rig while Jones was in the passenger seat. Her crumpled car, then hit by another. She suffered only minor injuries, but is now facing major charges.
Police arrested Jimenez for suspicion of driving under the influence and is facing charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing death and driving unlawfully under the influence — all felonies. Jimenez posted a $320,000 bond Friday night.
Nobody at the vigil wanted to clarify the relationship between Jimenez and Jones, and neither did the people at Jimenez's family home.
Funeral services for Jones are expected to happen one week from Sunday. Meanwhile, Jimenez is due in court Feb. 17 to answer the charges against her.