BAYTOWN, Texas Friends and family are in shock after a teenager died and another was hospitalized when a shoplifting case turned into a fatal car chase.

Police say a couple trying to get away with a stolen comforter and pillows was speeding through the intersection at Garth Road and Rollingbrook. Their pick-up first smashed into another truck, then the teens car, causing it to burst into flames.

Lifeflight took 17-year-old Shay Hollinghead away in critical condition. Shawn Williams, 16, died.

He was one of those people you just can t forget. So friendly, so happy and so full of life, said Cheyenne Davis.

Williams sang solos in Sterling High s elite choir, and by the look of things along Garth Road on Saturday, he touched a lot of hearts in Baytown.

He was always nice to everybody, complimenting all the girls, complimenting everybody, saying, Oh, you really nice today. He d mess around a lot, make people smile, said Forest Hayes.

To me, when I looked at him, I just saw the light of Christ. When I would see him in the hall, he would just smile and say, Hey, how are you doing today? said Ally Connelly.

Williams was driving home from a shift at El Toro s To-Go Kitchen when the accident happened. There, one of the managers Herb Martinez called him, one of the most polite people I ve ever met.

Friends are building a growing memorial at the crash site to ease one another s pain. They say it s the kind of thing Williams would do if he were here.

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