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Spotlight on preventable deaths at Día de los Muertos celebration in Escondido

Posted at 11:34 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-02 11:36:04-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - Día de los Muertos came alive Friday night at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

Dozens of families came to build memorial altars known as “ofrendas.”

While many honored ancestors, the Fallbrook Youth Advocacy Coalition along with the North Inland Community Prevention Program came to honor those taken too soon.

“We just want to prevent more families from having this event or having an experience of losing a loved one,” said Pastor Anger Medrano from Victory Outreach Church.

The groups were raising awareness of teen drug and alcohol use which can have tragic consequences.

Veronica Hernandez with Fallbrook Youth Advocacy Coalition said her daughter lost a friend this summer after she was hit by a DUI driver.

“She was only 15 years old. So it’s sad,” said Hernandez.