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Families remember two teens killed in Shelbyville crash

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A car wreck in Shelbyville left two young men dead and another recovering in the hospital Friday morning.

Relatives gathered at the crash site Saturday evening to remember Tristin Nichols, 17 and Richard Grijalva, 19. A Ford Mustang traveling on Elm Street crashed into a community center. The driver, Austin Tomlin, 22, was rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Shattered car parts are scattered in the grass among crosses and flowers placed in the boys' honor.

"One of the officers said, ‘Well this is the worst part of my job,' and I jumped up and said, ‘I don't want to hear anymore.' I knew. I knew Tristin was gone," said Nichols' mother, Angela Franks. Their house sits just yards away from the wreckage.

Now, loved ones must keep the teens' memories alive for their children.

Grijalva leaves behind a 1-year-old child. Nichols' daughter turns 6 months old next week.

"He was my everything," said Nichols' sister, Amy. "I don't want to see Macy grow up without him."

It's still unclear what led to the crash. The Shelbyville Police officers investigating the crash could not be reached Saturday evening. Nichols and Franks said they did not know the boys were together Friday morning. Family described Grijalva and Nichols as best friends.

"We don't know where they were going, we don't know where they were coming from, we don't know what they did prior to that," Nichols said. "We'll never know. All we know is the guy who was driving was at a high-speed rate."

Tomlin is listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt.

Franks has set up a memorial fund for Nichols at the First Community Bank of Bedford County in Shelbyville.

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