Aaliyah Martinez, Victim of Deadly Highway 12 Crash, Remembered, Celebrated at Vigil

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MODESTO --

There was an outpouring of emotion at a Modesto park for all that ended on Highway 12 near Rio Vista Saturday night.

"At your best, you were loved, and at your worst, you were loved. And no matter what, we will always remember you," said Adrian Rodriguez about his cousin Aaliyah Martinez.

He clutched the microphone of a small PA system and faced a circle of tear-stained faces illuminated by candles.

"She was the best sister I could ever have. She taught me so much," little Athena Martinez said about her big sister.

"She didn't want  tacos, enchiladas. chile rellenos -- she didn't want none of that. She wanted my chicken and dumplings and my chicken pot pie. I don't know if I can ever make them again. My baby's gone and I miss her so much. I want her home. I want her home," her great-grandmother Vera Solorio cried into the mic as she held it during the vigil.

Aaliyah was close with those she died with -- two young mothers and their toddlers -- all the best of friends.

"And to the other families as well, they are hurting just as much as we are. We want to send our love and support to them as well," said Aaliyah's aunt.

Investigators say 21-year-old Annalicia "Mona" Montoya was behind the wheel on Highway 12 Saturday when she tried to pass a car and didn't make it.

Montoya ended up slamming her Honda head-on into a Chevy Silverado.

The impact took her life and that of her 3-year-old daughter Adelaynna, as well that of her best friend, 17-year-old Aaliyah.

Two-year-old Ramiro Garcia-Campos was also killed in this tangle of twisted metal, along with his 19-year-old mother, who has yet to be identified by authorities.

Donation jars posted at the vigil, raising money to bury the young crash victims identify Ramiro's mother as Denise Garcia.

As far as those missing Aaliyah.

"It can never be replaced. She will never be replaced," said her aunt Angelica Garcia.

All they can do now is remember and cherish the time that they did have together.