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Vigil held for girls killed in Bristol crash

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Veronica and Yvette Martinez. (Family photo) Veronica and Yvette Martinez. (Family photo)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A holiday tragedy brought communities together on Friday night.

Two little girls were killed in a car crash in Bristol last weekend. Neighbors, family and friends honored their lives with a vigil.

Veronica Martinez, 7, and 4-year-old Yvette Martinez died Sunday morning.

Police said their mother was driving home from work as a nurse when she crashed into a minivan on Middle Street, right near ESPN.

While vigil goers will be lighting candles and saying prayers for the girls, they'll also be working to raise money so the girls' mother can bury them before Christmas.

The girls were remembered as smiling, laughing and fun-loving, according to family members. They said they were gone in the blink of an eye.

The family is from Meriden, which is where counselors worked with students in the girls' elementary school classrooms. Neighbors also came to leave flowers on their front door.

The vigil was held at 6 p.m. at the Casey Field in Bristol.

Organizers said they are hoping it helps the mother somehow because as one friend said, "it's Christmas time and no one should have to say goodbye to little girls."

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