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Vigil Held for Four Victims of Fatal Queens Car Crash

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Investigators are looking into whether speed was a factor in Friday night's deadly crash in Queens as loved ones held a vigil Saturday night for the four victims. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Some 200 people turned to God for answers and held on to each other for comfort.

A prayer vigil for four people killed Friday in a Queens car crash was held Saturday next to P.S. 127 in a park where the victims played as children.

"They were all great kids, and they will be missed," said Bernard Daniels, the uncle of 20-year-old Jaleel Fuertado.

"On behalf of the Luis Fuertado family, we want to offer our condolences, our love and support to all the families involved," Daniels said.

Investigators say 20-year-old Andrew Gramm drove down a dead end on 19th Avenue at 37th Street Friday night, hit a curb and rolled the car into an East River creek.

He told police that his four friends were in the car, but FDNY divers couldn't save them.

Many who loved the victims came to the crash scene Saturday for answers.

Jada Monique Butts, 19, worked at McDonald's and went to college part-time. Fuertado played tournament basketball. Darius Fletcher, 21, majored in communications in college. He was described by family as simply awesome. Crystal Gravely attended college and would have turned 20 Saturday.

Friends struggled to get out the words at the vigil Saturday for a birthday filled with pain for this community.

"These are all our children, and they all grew up together," said one person. "It's just, I don't know. It's depressing."

They prayed at the vigil for the driver and his family as well. He is physically OK and took a breathalyzer test, which, according to police, came back with no alcohol in his system.

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