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Mom who lost son in crash empathizes with moms of Yorktown teen boys killed in crash on last day of school

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Jun 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-13 23:36:06-04

YORKTOWN, Va. - Two teens have died after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and SUV in the 100 block of Yorktown Road Friday morning.

A vigil was held Monday night to remember the teens. News 3 spoke with the organizer of the vigil, who tells us her children were friends with one of the victims.

One mother says she knows this pain all too well. Tammy Guido-McGee lost her son, Conner Guido, in a car crash on October 26, 2019. Guido was a star athlete at Tabb High School in Yorktown, but sadly, his bright light was dimmed.

Tammy says the night of the wreck, there were two other guys in the car with her son. Tammy says state troopers told her the driver was going 70 miles per hour.

They hit a tree, flipped the car, and all three were killed instantly.

The pain is still fresh for the mother, and she says she knows exactly how the mothers of the teens killed in Friday's crash are feeling right now.

When officers arrived at the scene Friday morning, they found one boy who had died at the scene. Another was taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries, but later died at the hospital.

The victims were a 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old Jacobi Cockrell, both from Yorktown and attended York High School.

Police have not released the name of the 15-year-old, but they say he died at the scene.

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Raeghan and Jacobi Cockrell

We spoke with Jacobi's mother, Jessica. She did not want to go on camera at this time, but she tells us the crash happened on the last day of school. Jacobi would have been a rising sophomore.

The mother tells us the morning of the crash, something felt off. She says she called her son multiple times, but the phone went straight to voicemail, leading her to check his location. Sadly, when she put the pieces together with help from the police, it was too late.

Although McGee does not know the victims, she wants to encouraged the community to come to the vigil to support the family.

Balloons and more than a hundred family members, friends and teachers filled York High's Bailey Field to remember their late classmates.

Mourners took laps around the track to remember the students. After walking around the track, they lit candles in honor of the teens.

One speaker says he’s still in shock that his friend is no longer here.

"For me to find out like a week later when I was just with him and he’s gone, it’s like, 'Dang, I wish I could have dapped you up one more time,'" the student said.

Another student who didn't want to appear on camera says the two students will be greatly missed.

"I know what it feels like, and I know the support that we received from the community and how heartfelt it was for us."