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Family mourns Sarah Alarid

More than 300 people turned out for candlelight vigil

Posted: January 10, 2013 6:50 p.m.
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:49 p.m.

Members of Sarah Alarid’s family stood over the ravine where the young woman’s body was found Wednesday, paying their respects and wrestling with questions as to how and why the young woman drove off a winding mountain road New Year’s Day, the woman’s uncle said Thursday.

“They’re out there now, and on their way back home because it’ll be getting dark,” Brian Alarid said late Thursday.
“It’s going to be different tonight at the house,” he said.

“All the nights we’ve had this past week, we’ve been busy. We’ve been on a mission with things to do,” he said.

“But what do we have to do now? We don’t have anything to do except remember.”

Law enforcement officials have talked to each of the Alarid family members in an effort to understand the events leading up to the moment Sarah Alarid’s car left the roadway near the foothills of the Angeles National Forest and plunged about 200 feet to the bottom of a rugged ravine.

Twenty-four hours after Sarah Alarid’s body and her car were discovered, detectives with the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had not wavered in calling the incident an accident.

Alarid, 19, was last seen leaving a friend’s residence on Poppy Meadow Street in Canyon Country between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Jan. 1, according to information released by the Sheriff’s Department a week ago.

She left in her 2002 silver-colored Ford Focus.

No one saw her leave the party, according to those who were there.

Regardless of the circumstances leading up to the single-vehicle crash that claimed her life, its tragic end was being felt Thursday.

“We’re all still pretty devastated,” Brian Alarid said.

“And we’re all still trying to make sense of what happened,” he said. “She left the party and we don’t know anything else.”

Sarah Alarid often made the same trek along Sand Canyon Road that she traveled the morning she died, her uncle said.

The young woman and her family had lived on Sand Canyon Road near the spot where her car left the roadway and just 0.38 miles from the roadblock set up Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies. They later moved to a home on Plum Canyon Road.

“Sarah would sometimes park there at the vista point (near the home where she had lived) and get her bearings,” Brian Alarid said. “It’s an amazing view there and she has been going up there ever since they lived there.”

He called the “vista” point off Sand Canyon Road a good place to “kick back” and “chill out.”

Funeral arrangements were still being worked out by the family, he said.

The Alarids, meanwhile, remained grateful and overwhelmed by an impromptu vigil at Todd Longshore Park overlooking Canyon Country on Wednesday night, he added.

More than 300 friends, searchers and people touched by the more than week-long hunt for the Santa Clarita Valley woman shared in an exchange of stories about Sarah Alarid and in remorse over her death.

Well-wishers at the vigil sang songs, jumped up on picnic tables to reminisce about her, hugged each other and expressed their sorrow to the young woman’s parents.

“The vigil was awesome,” Alarid said.
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