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Tattoo artist helps family after teen killed in crash

Posted at 11:16 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 21:09:36-05
Neighbors are stepping up to help a family in mourning.
At first, the victim's family didn't want to believe the news. They hoped police had the wrong person or someone had stolen his wallet.
"Like I said, he was one of my best friends. Like I said, I was hanging out with him every day these last few days and that's what I'll remember him for just his laugh," said Aurelio Andrade, one of Santiago Miranda-Placido's good friends.
Earlier this month, 19-year-old Santiago Miranda-Placido was hit and killed on Interstate 15 near Craig Road. 
The victim's family says Miranda-Placido's car was found not even a mile away from where he was killed on the highway, but they can't say for sure why he was walking on such a busy road.
"We always used to joke around and always bother each other and that's the thing I'm going to miss most," said Jesus Miranda, the victim's brother.
The family says Miranda-Placido was a mechanic who was always willing to help others. Now, someone who didn't even know the victim is helping his family.
"I don't really have a lot to give myself, but I can help make money to give to them," said Candice Mack-Torres, a freelance tattoo artist.
Mack-Torres is giving over the majority of the money she made over two days to the family.
"We were shocked when the whole community wanted to help," said Jesus Miranda.