Parents of teen killed in crash have different theory about her death
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- "She's loving, she's giving and all she wanted to do is make people happy," mother Claudia Monasterio said of her 17-year-old daughter Alexis.
Police said the teen was a victim of a hit-and-run crash Sunday morning at Charleston and Stillwater Bridge Street, but her parents tell a different story. The family said they believe someone pushed the girl out of a moving car when she was with friends.
"With the evidence, with her shoe here and her body over there," father Dan Monasterio said as he described the scene. "She was killed," her mother added.
While the teens parents wait for answers, they're remembering their daughter as a talented young woman with a passion for cooking. They showed off a scrapbook filled with the teen's take creations and said she was already accepted into culinary college.
In a scholarship letter she wrote, "I'm one of the lucky few who discovered their life's purpose at a young age." Monasterio's parents said she knew she wanted to be a chef at three-years-old.
On Monday afternoon at East Career and Technical Academy, where the teen attended high school, students gathered outside the culinary arts building in her memory. If they weren't at the school, they came back to the site of the crash to lay a chef figurine, a Disney doll or a Star Wars character - all things Monasterio loved.
"It was hard, everyone was really devastated," said one classmate. "We just tried to keep the best of her in mind."
Police said they are still investigating Monasterio's death as a fatal hit and run.