A community is grieving after a horrific crash that killed two Cobb County teens on Sunday. Investigators say the driver lost control of the car on Sandy Plains Road and hit a brick sign, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.
A steady flow of people came to the crash site on Monday to mourn the two young men who lost their lives. Many were crying and clinging to friends as they looked at the smashed sign and charred car parts. For them, it was hard to believe 19-year-old Stephen Nolasco and 18-year-old Matt Bennett were gone.
"I lost somebody who was part of me. It's not going to be the same, that's for sure," said Kleymer Oliveira.
Cobb County investigators say Nolasco was driving, and Bennett-- his best friend-- was sitting next to him in the passenger seat. They say Nolasco lost control just after 3 a.m. and slammed into a brick sign on Sandy Plains Road. Friends say they were heading home from a party, and were less than a half mile from home when the crash happened.
"Stephen is an awesome guy. No matter what the mood was in the place, he was always happy, always smiling," said friend Daniel Bernal.
Friends say the two teens were inseparable. After graduating from Sprayberry High School, both boys went to Georgia Perimeter College where they trained for spring sports together, and played soccer and baseball.
"I was really close to them. I mean, he was a friend. Yeah, I lost somebody that's part me," said Oliveria.
Cobb County police are looking into what exactly happened that caused Nolasco to lose control. While many people have already seen the crash site, a vigil is being planned for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Sprayberry High School.
The crash remains under investigation, and Cobb County Police ask for anyone who may have information to call them at 770-499-3987.