Family and friends remember two victims of deadly hit-and-run accident

12:34 AM, Jun 3, 2012   |    comments
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As Knoxville Police continue their investigation into Wednesday's deadly hit-and-run, friends and families of the victims celebrated their lives and memories Saturday evening.

Family honored 24-year old Chasity Thornell at a memorial service at Stevens Mortuary. Before the service, friends and community members consoled the family at a receiving of friends in the funeral home.

Thornell was the mother of toddler Ava who turns two in August. She was also seven months pregnant at the time of the accident.

Chasity's friends spoke highly of her generosity and love for others.

"It was love, love all the time," said Tyler Roy, a family friend. "She was the most loving person that I know and she truly loved life."

"It's been real rough on everyone. Chasity was a very loved girl and a beautiful girl," said Trey Carroll. "She will be missed."

Thornell graduated from West High School in 2006. She attended UT where she studied physics and went to ITT Tech to study network systems administration.

Friends and family also said their goodbyes to Nelson Soto Sr., who was helping Thornell when he died in the crash.

His family asked for privacy at his funeral service. His burial is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

He leaves behind his wife and four children who are between the ages of five and 21.

Soto did not have life insurance. If you'd like to help his family, you can make donations to the Nelson Soto Sr. Memorial Fund at any Sun Trust Bank.

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