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Community comes together to remember three boys killed by hit-and-run driver

A memorial is established Sunday, October 1, 2017, where three boys were killed after a vehicle hit them on East Desert Inn Road near South Nellis Boulevard in Las Vegas. (Scott Kost/KSNV)

A community is coming together to remember three young boys who were hit and killed by an out-of-control car. A memorial continues to grow on East Desert Inn Road and Ocean Crest Street, the location where a total of four boys were hit by the car.

Deysi Miramontes is the mother of two of the boys who were killed. She says her 12-year-old son Danny Miramontes and her 14-year-old son Francisco Miramontes were on their way home around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Miramontes says they were just making a run to the store for snacks with two of their friends, identified as 13-year-old Deandre Lyle and Emmanuel Cespedes.

“They were just being kids and this horrible accident happened," said Miramontes.

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Police say a Suzuki lost control, jumped the sidewalk and hit all four boys as they were walking, before slamming into a light pole. Danny, Francisco, and Deandre all died on the scene. The fourth victim, Emmanuel, is still in the hospital fighting for his life.

Miramontes says her husband knew something was wrong when their kids didn't come home.

"My husband, he actually called me at work and he said our kids were missing and he went to look for them, and when I came to the scene I couldn’t see my boys. But I knew that it was them," said Miramontes.

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Police say the driver of the car ran from the scene of the accident on foot. Officers later arrested 28-year-old Joseph Eskandarian at his home. Officers say they used a citation found in the glove compartment of the car involved in the wreck to track him down.

Miramontes says while it won’t bring her children back, it grants her some relief that the person believed to be responsible is behind bars.

Eskandarian is charged with four counts of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He is expected back in court on Oct. 17.

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