A mother inconsolable, friends and classmates broke down as they embraced.
It was a night of sadness as those closest to 17-year-old Ashley Perdomo said goodbye. Her best friend recalling their last exchange.
“We were saying bye and I was like bye Ashley I love you, she was like bye sis Iove you too, and those were her last words,” said Yvette Guava as she broke down in tears.
But it wouldn’t be the last words passed on to Ashley. Those are now found on a nearby memorial. Words describing a girl who lit up every room and everyone.
“She was always smiling, she was alway happy when I saw her, she just lit up everybody and its gonna be hard not to see her,” Cristal Torres.
The man accused of hitting and killing her arrested earlier today. Telling our ABC news crews he never saw her enter the roadway.
“Something hit me, that’s the way it felt, but I didn’t know what it was,” said suspect Nikolaus Konstantinous.
“How could you not know you hit someone and make it home with a cracked windshield,” said another friend of Ashley's.
A moment of silence kicked off the football game at Hillsborough High School Friday.
Ashley’s mother lead a march with friends close behind and while their hearts are broken, like the balloons released tonight, her memory will forever elevate those who were lucky enough to know her.