A bright spot for the Vallejo family has been extinguished. Orlando Vallejo, a teenager from Mililani, was killed over the weekend.
Diosdado Vallejo is making a big pot of Filipino food, just like his nephew Orlando would have loved. His family says the one thing the teenager loved more than food was life.
"Orlando is an amazing boy. He is so happy go lucky," said Julia Vallejo, Orlando's aunt.
Orlando, or J.R. as he was known to his family, was killed early Saturday. He was struck by a car while standing with his friends in Village Park.
Even though his life was cut short, his family said he did a lot of living during his 18 years. "He wanted to live every day to its fullest. He never wanted to waste any moment of happiness or fun, cause he knew life was too short. He wanted to cherish everything while he had it," said cousin Don Ferdinand Vallejo.
Police believe 20-year-old Bryson Oshiro was legally drunk and driving when he hit Vallejo and three parked cars. He has been charged with negligent homicide.
Vallejo had recently graduated from the Youth Challenge Academy and things were looking up for the teenager. His family said J.R. was taking classes at Leeward Community College, but the teen had big plans for his life.
"When we talked before, he said he wanted to be a pilot," said uncle Diosdada Vallejo.
Instead of planning for a future, the Vallejo family is now planning a burial. They are devastated by the death, but surprisingly do not have a lot of anger at the young man believed to be responsible.
"There are times when we feel we are angry, but it happened already. We cannot help it, we have to accept it," said Diosdada.
In their sadness, family members hope their story of loss will show people that drunk driving is not just the responsibility of one person, but everyone.
"It's a shared responsibility. A lot of the weight and blame is on the driver, as it should be, but we are also responsible because we did nothing to stop it," said Don Ferdinand Vallejo.
Vallejo’s friends echoed the appeal for the public to take action.
They gathered at a roadside memorial Tuesday to draw attention to their loss and their message not to let friends drive drunk.
"We have been here every day since the crash, just because we love him. He really was the best person in the world. Everything about him was good. I don’t think I have met anybody like him," said Tuyffani Okamura-Gascon
Some of Vallejo's friends who turned out knew him through ice skating.
They brought their love and a few of Vallejo's favorite foods.
"We are here, because we miss him so much. We never thought this could happen," said Tiffany Lam.
The message they want to send: don't drink and drive.
"Words can't explain how i feel. Just don’t do it. If you like drinking and are under age. Just don’t get in the car, you know," said Emily Vallejo.
Kunia resident Manny Mattos, who is calling for tougher drunk driving laws, brought his teenage daughter by to the vigil to see the consequences of a bad decision.
"I wanted to witness this because it makes her aware of how precious life is," Mattos said.
"Our school has been praying for him. It's sad. De died at a very young age, only 18," said Leialoha Mattos.
Orlando's burial services are planned for September 1.