Emotional crowd gathers at vigil for teen killed in Antelope crash

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Hundreds gathered Friday night to remember a teen girl and her father who were killed during a police chase in Antelope Wednesday morning.

Speaking through their pain, friends and classmates of Anahi Tovar remembered the 14 year old as a vivacious girl with an infectious smile.

Anahi was an 8th grader at Cooley Middle School in Roseville. The lives she touched were evident by the emotional crowd that gathered at Kaseberg Park in Roseville Friday night.

Anahi and her father Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar were killed instantly when the car they were in was t-boned at the end of a high-speed pursuit in Antelope.

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Anahi's mother and boyfriend were at the vigil, but were too grief stricken to speak.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old twin brothers Roman and Ruslan Gluhkoy face murder charges in the death of Anahi and her father. Police said they stole a pick-up truck then smashed into the Tovar's car while trying to out run officers. They along with a third suspect, Yuri Merkushev, made their first court appearance on Friday.

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Family and friends are collecting donations to help Anahi's family cover funeral expenses.

A fundraiser will be held Thursday, April 10 at the Chick-fil-A on Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville and on Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers are still needed for to help at the Granite Bay location.

An account has also been created at Wells Fargo where people can also donate.


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