Local residents are mourning the tragic loss of a Fontana teenager who was murdered the day before Thanksgiving.
Cristian Dominguez-Aguilar, 18, was intentionally struck by a car driven by a man in a jealous rage outside a 7-11 store in eastern Fontana, according to the Fontana Police Department. The victim later died of his injuries at a local hospital.
During the ensuing weekend, many candles and other memorial items were placed near the scene of the incident, and on Nov. 25, a car wash was held a few blocks down the street to raise funds for funeral expenses.
"Cristian was a very passionate guy," said Anthony Beltran, a family friend who helped coordinate the car wash. "He loved people. If you asked him for a favor, he'd give you more than a favor."
Beltran said that Dominguez-Aguilar was a very promising soccer player, earning praise for his efforts on his travel team.
But Dominguez-Aguilar's hopes and dreams were cut short, allegedly because of John Nieto, a 20-year-old resident of San Bernardino, who was later arrested on murder charges.
Beltran said Dominguez-Aguilar, who had attended Fontana A.B. Miller High School, was "loved by a lot of people."
"We would rather not be out here for something sad like this (the car wash fundraiser)," Beltran said. "We would much rather be getting together for a happy event. But we wanted to do this for Cristian, because we wanted to help out any way we can."
A GoFundMe page has also been established at:
"He was always laughing, smiling, helping others .... People that knew him know what a great person he was," wrote his brother, Armando Dominguez, on the GoFundMe page.
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