Update: Fund Established For Teen Killed In Crash


A community continues to mourn after police say a drunk driver hit a car killing 17-year-old Chrishaun Moten and injuring three others in Council Bluffs Friday morning. Moten's classmates held a vigil for him Saturday night outside Lewis Central High School where he would have been a senior this fall.

They shared an inspiring Facebook post from him, sang songs and prayed. Students who organized the vigil said his death is felt by everyone.

“Chrishaun was one of those people that no matter what social circle you were in or what walk of life you came from, he would stop you in the hallway and say hello to you and ask how your day was,” said Lewis Central Student Council president Maggie Miller. “He would walk up to your lunch table and rap you some silly song or sing to you or whatever."

Those attending the vigil dressed in red, Chrishaun's favorite color.

Police say 31-year-old Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez of Nashville, Tennessee was intoxicated and driving a van on the wrong side of Veterans Memorial Highway west of the Metro Drive intersection just before 1:30 a.m. when he collided with the car with four teens inside.

The driver of the car, 18-year-old Brenden Kniesly, and passenger 17-year-old Philip Moffatt were injured and remain hospitalized. Kniesly is in stable condition and Moffatt is in serious but stable condition. Sixteen-year-old Jessilyn Eisman was treated for her injuries and released.

The family has set-up a fund to help with funeral expenses. Donations can be made at any Omaha or Council Bluffs Great Western Bank branch.


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