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Vigil held for teen killed in crash

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A vigil was held in Hartford on Saturday night for the teen killed after crashing a stolen car.

Police said 13-year-old Jamaire Smith was joyriding in a stolen car with 15-year-old Jaden Cooper when they crashed on Windsor Drive in Hartford, early Thursday morning.

Smith was killed in the crash, while Cooper remains in the hospital.

The vigil, which was held on Bedford Street in Hartford, was organized by 'Mothers United Against Violence.' Organizers told Eyewitness News it was important for the community to come together and help the families heal.

"My son had a lot of dreams; he just hung out around the wrong people," said Nakisha Green, the mother of Smith. 

Green said she had a feeling something was wrong the night the crash happened.

Smith had been sleeping over at a friend's house. Green said she had been struggling to stay asleep up until her phone rang around 3 a.m.

"I already knew...I already knew my son was gone," said Green.

Police said the car was stolen from a condo complex in Middletown.

Those who knew Smith described him as a teen who had a bright future.

"Very intelligent, very athletic...could have done anything," said his former teacher Samantha O'Brien.

He was also loved by many of his peers.

"He was one of those kids that if he was goofing off and having a good time, everyone was laughing with him," said O'Brien.

Smith had three brothers and a sister.

His family said they hope he'll be remembered as a superstar athlete, talented dancer and a boy who had much to look forward to.

Police are still investigating the crash and are still looking for another person believed to be involved in the crash.

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