CARLSBAD, Calif. - Family and friends gathered Saturday to say goodbye to a Carlsbad man who was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver.
Friends remember 20-year-old Vinnie Zellefrow as a musician who had a passion for playing his guitar and a love for skateboarding. Those who knew him best paid tribute by wearing his favorite tie.
"The blue is for Vinnie because that was his favorite color and the bow ties are … we love 'Doctor Who' and its bow ties are cool is what it always was and he always loved his bow ties," said a friend.
Zellefrow was skateboarding down Carlsbad Boulevard earlier this month when he was struck and killed. Police arrested a 17-year-old girl who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI and felony hit-and-run.
At Saturday's service at Saint Patrick's Church in Carlsbad, friends remembered the young man not for how he died but for the memories and joy he spread.
His parents say the community's support has made the grieving process easier.
"It makes me feel like I have Vinnie around ... having all his friends, they come to the house and sit in his room," said Zellefrow's mother, Belinda.
Zellefrow's father Vince said, "It's just overwhelming to some point but fantastic to know that he touched so many lives, so many kids."
His friends and family hope to raise enough money to create a memorial site and a scholarship fund in his honor.