Candlelight vigil to be held for Jacksonville High School student

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Loved ones of the 17 year old Jacksonville High School student killed in a motorcycle crash Monday are planning a candlelight vigil to make sure his memory lives on.

Christopher Saballos was killed when the driver of a Hyundai pulled out in front of him on Western Boulevard. Saballos hit the front left side of the car.

The driver, Harris Smith, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

When Saballos wasn't spending time with his family he was working at Auto Brite on Country Club Rd in Jacksonville. His coworkers say he was such a joy to have at work.
Katrina Harris met Saballos at Auto Brite a year ago. "He was the one who trained me actually on everything that I learned," said Harris.

As Harris got to know Saballos, she knew she could always count on him to lift her spirits.

"Being around him, he had so much energy. I mean we all had our good and bad days but he was really the little ray of sunshine," said Saballos.
Eric Sanborn is the Auto Brite Manager. He says Saballos was one of the longest employed kids who've worked for him, starting when he was 16.

Sanborn tells me Saballos was a Senior in High School, about to turn 18.
"He was just a good kid. He was a good kid and he was taken from us way too soon and he'll be missed," said Sanborn.

Harris says everyone at Auto Brite is holding a candlelight vigil for Saballos. She wants him to be remembered as a great person and not as just a teen killed in a motorcycle crash.

"We all wanted to do something really special for Chris because everyone is really close to him here, something everyone can really pitch in with. We all decided that we are going to pitch in two dollars and everybody's going to get a balloon and write something nice on it like a note or just something on it and we're going to let it go in the sky," said Harris.

The candlelight vigil will be held in the front parking lot of Auto Brite at 6:30 on Wednesday. Anyone is welcome to attend who wants to celebrate Sabollos' life.

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