SAN ANTONIO -- Just a day after a teenage girl died in a racing accident, a second teenage girl was taken off life support.
Sixteen-year-old Gina Rodriguez suffered a severe brain injury and has not been able to speak since the accident. Her parents remained by her side, praying for a miracle, after she was taken off life support at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
They will be by her side until the very end, said Loraine Efron, the Rodriguez family attorney and close friend.
Efron described Gina as a popular and beautiful honor student who worked part time at H-E-B and dreamed of becoming a nurse. Instead, Ginahas been unresponsive with a brain injury since a suspected racing accident near Brandeis High School.
It was devastating to speak to her, said Efron of her phone call with Gina's mother last night. And hear thepain and the agony in her voice. Such a beautiful young lady with such a bright future.
Gabby Lerma, 17, was in the back seat of the car and died at the scene.
Wednesday morning, the high school hallways were quiet as students wept over the loss.
It was just dead silence, said Paola Lewis, a fellow student. Tears everywhere. No teachers or students were talking. Everyone was just hugging each other and really just crying.
Grieving students wore orange ribbons and spoke to a team of counselors who were on hand.
San Antonio police are investigating the accident.
The other two students from the front of the car are recovering. They have been identified as 18-year-old Monique Castaneda and 19-year-old Antonio Flores.