Vigil scheduled for family killed when suspected DUI driver hit them

A candlelight vigil will be held this week for the father, mother and young son killed by a suspected DUI driver accused of crashing into the family at Los Cerritos Park on Halloween night.

The vigil will be held Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at Los Cerritos Park, located at 3750 Del Mar Ave.

The victims have been identified as 30-year-old Joseph Awaida, 32-year-old Raihan Dakhil and 3-year-old Omar Awaida.

Authorities believe a 20-year-old motorist was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he crashed his SUV into them as they walked on the sidewalk.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay for funeral and medical expenses.

For more information on the vigil click here.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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