FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — In honor of 18-year-old Hannah Raposo, who was killed Friday in a rollover car crash en route to her Durfee High School prom, the Fall River Boys and Girls Club held a candlelight vigil Monday night. Raposo had been a member of the club since she was 5 years old.
Raposo was a senior at Durfee High School and was also employed by the Catholic Memorial Home’s dietary department, according to an obituary published by the funeral home. Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Peter McCarthy said over the weekend Raposo had been planning to attend Bristol Community College in the fall to study art and biology.
The vigil included remarks from Raposo’s loved ones, friends and community leaders, and several of Hannah’s friends from the club released doves. “We’re going to try… and basically celebrate her accomplishments,” McCarthy said prior to the vigil.
“When things are tough this community gets together — not just the Boys and Girls Club family community, but the community here in Fall River, they’ve all said, ‘whatever we can do to help,'” McCarthy said.
Raposo’s car crashed on Route 24 South near Exit 4 about 6 p.m. Friday night. Rescue crews rushed her to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
A male passenger in the vehicle – who is also a senior at Durfee, school officials told the Fall River Herald News – was also rushed to Rhode Island Hospital. At last check, he was listed in stable condition with minor to moderate injuries. He has not been identified by officials.
Massachusetts State Police are investigating what led to the crash.
A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Auclair Funeral Home, 690 South Main Street, Fall River, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.