Dropping to a knee, Luis Hernandez lit a small white candle and placed it beside a bed of flowers near the intersection where his little brothers’ lives ended the night before.
“I got the call and I didn’t believe it,” he said, wiping away tears Friday morning. “I just didn’t believe it.”
Hernandez’s younger siblings, 7-year-old Jose Luis and 9-year-old Marcos, were walking home from school with their mother Thursday night when a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sport-utility vehicle careened onto the sidewalk, slamming into all three.
Jose Luis was pronounced dead at the scene, relatives said. Marcos died at a hospital a short time later.