SACRAMENTO -- Family members shed tears of sorrow for 18-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez-Santana on Saturday.
The recent graduate of New Tech High School died Friday night after his car was struck by another vehicle along Freeport Boulevard and McAllister Avenue.
Sacramento police are investigating whether the person who struck Gonzalez-Santana was street racing.
"He wanted to be a police officer,” said Francisco Gonzalez.
Gonzalez-Santana, who everyone knew as "Jando," had just started at Sacramento State, majoring in criminal justice.
"He just emailed me," said said Vanessa Taylor, who was his high school counselor. "He got into Sac State. He didn't think he was gonna get in, he got in and I'm so proud of him."
Francisco Gonzalez, Jando’s brother said, "He was a good a** person. Everybody loved him. You can ask anybody. Everybody loved him."
Especially his teammates on the basketball team, which he loved being a part of.
On Saturday, more than a hundred friends and family members gathered at the crash site to pray for Jando and remember good times.
"Jando is just joyful, helpful, at everything. Whatever we needed, he was there for us," teammate, Civaun Johnson said.
Eric McFadden, another teammate, expressed that he would miss Jando and said, “he was always there to help me, support me through everything I needed."