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Friends and family remember teen killed by drunk driver

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"We are here not because he died, but because he lived," said one speaker. "We are here not because he died, but because he lived," said one speaker.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It was an extremely emotional night remembering the high schooler that was killed over the weekend by a drunk driver

Hundreds of friends and family members packed the auditorium at Mt. Spokane High School to remember Bailey Roach. Through smiles and tears, they shared stories and memories of the 16-year-old kid they called "Bay."

Saturday, Bailey was killed and his best friend Taigen was injured when the car they were in was hit by a drunk driver. That driver, 29-year-old Ramiro Sanchez, is now facing vehicular homicide charges. 

But it was a night focused on the two boys who were inseparable since they were 3 years old. 

As one speaker put it, everyone was together not because Bailey died, but because he lived. The sister of Bailey's best friend Taigen says the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming. Bailey's friend Taigen, who was with him in the car at the time of the crash, continues to recover.. He's in critical condition in a medically induced coma. 

A few of Bailey's friends are organizing a fundraiser for his family at local coffee shops Friday. Here are the locations:

  • Bean me up Espresso 12021 N Division, 4407 N Division, Ste 107 in Banner Bank Building, 322 West North River Drive in Group Health
  • Brews Bros Northside 10413 N Newport Highway
  • Eagles Nest 12508 N Nine Mile Falls Rd
  • Sweet Frostings
  • Highway Grind 
  • Daily Habit, all three locations
  • Hot Toddys 101 W Francis and 5978 Highway 291, Nine Mile Falls 

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