Family, friends remember teen killed following drag race

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AURORA, Colo. -- Aurora Police investigators are getting a lot of tips in a street racing accident last Sunday that killed a Commerce City teenager. But there are still no arrests in the case.

Friday night, more than 100 of the boy’s family and friends held a candlelight vigil to remember the happy and gregarious 17-year-old.

They gathered in the dark to shine a light on the love for Louis Guerrero-Sanchez.

They also pleaded for those who killed him to turn themselves in.

“They should just come forward,” says Louis’s cousin, Roger Valdez.

Valdez was sitting behind Louis after they’d finished drag racing on Smith Road near Ensenada—when a speeding BMW suddenly hit their driver side door.

That car had been reported stolen in Denver last month. The owner had left it running, unattended according to police.

“I blacked out a couple of seconds. Saw my cousin just lying there,” says Valdez.

Louis died two days later.

His family is learning a devastating lesson of how fast life can end when fast cars collide.

“He always came back. Always, always, always. He always came back. My baby brother always came back,” says Claudia Sanchez, Louis’s sister.

But this time, he did not come home.

Witnesses say the people in the stolen BMW ran away—never bothering to see if anyone was hurt, “Cowards. They came back just to see if they left anything in their car,” says a disgusted Valdez.

“They just left him here. He was trapped in the car for 30 minutes. The next time we saw my baby brother, he looked like this,” Sanchez cries, as she shows us a picture of a bruised, broken and swollen Louis lying unconscious in a hospital bed.

And now, these somber faces want to put the brakes on a dangerous past-time.

“Don’t come out here. It’s not worth it. You can lose your life in an instant,” says Valdez.

It’s too late for a vivacious 17-year-old who’d only just begun to live his life.

“He never should have died. He should not have died like that. He was just a baby,” cries his sister.

Louis was supposed to graduate this year from Prairie View High School. He would have turned 18 this month.

His family has set up an account at Wells Fargo to help with funeral costs. If you’d like to donate contact a Wells Fargo Bank branch.



  • boulder native

    “Valdez was sitting behind Louis after they’d finished drag racing on Smith Road near Ensenada—when a speeding BMW suddenly hit their driver side door.”. So have they charged Valdez with illegal drag racing??????

  • Maria

    How dare do you people go and question if he was drag racing or not a child’s life was lost and a parents heart is hurting and the killers are out there people please!

  • Alexis Marquez

    You people that keep being cruel just cause he was street racing atr evil people so he was street racing the people in the bmw were clearly not a young teen died because of some ignorent drivers woth a stolen car imagine if that was one of your family members the pain you would feel his 17 he didnt deserve to die like that street racing is only dangerous if you make it that way dont make his death look like no big deal beacause he broke a law he atleast died doing something he loves

  • Erik

    Anybody who goes knows what’s the risk which is why i stopped, now i take it to the track not worth my life, car or driving record. There’s always a crash every sunday. Due to those races. Hopefully this wakes up all those little kids trying to race and look “cool” that it’s not worth it.

  • raymond rios

    louis was my bestfriend , but now hes not suffering anymore . he will be missed but never forgotten . always in our hearts <3 ! we all love you louis sanchez & my prayers go out to the family !

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