Surrounded by family, Natasha Guitierrez remembered her son Christopher Guitierrez who died Monday night.
“He could just always brighten up the room, you know, he was just a good kid. Everybody loved to have him around and it’s never going to be the same,” Natasha said.
According to the Fayetteville Police Department, Christopher, 18, drove at a high rate of speed into a John Deere front loader that was parked on a construction site in the area of 2357 N. Old Wire Road.
Arkansas State Police said both he and Atalaya Thompson, 19, died at the scene of the accident.
“Atalaya lived with me and Christopher at my home, so she was like my daughter,” said Natasha.
Christopher was set to graduate from high school on Thursday, May 16.
Natasha said her son was known for his sense of humor and for being a role model.
“He always made everybody laugh. The kids loved him. He was always so good with them,” she said.
For Atalaya, Natasha said she will remember her smile and how much she loved her son.
“She loved to laugh, but most of all she loved to spend all of her time with Christopher. They were always together day and night,” Natasha said.
It’s the time Christopher and Atalaya spent together that Natasha said she hopes will live on.
“I just want them to always be remembered for the beautiful couple that they were,” she said.