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Jan 23, 2013 6:03 PM

Services held for teenager killed by car

TUCSON - Family and friends said goodbye to 17-year-old Ruby Martinez Wednesday.

The teenager was killed Jan. 11 when a woman drove into her near the intersection of Nebraska and San Joaquin roads.

Citlalli Padilla was Ruby's sister-in-law, "we want to do everything we can so we can do justice, that's what we want. I don't think it's fair for her to be free," she said.

The driver, Denise Torres, 41, left the scene of the accident and returned later. Pima County Sheriff deputies say she faces felony hit and run charges. Torres is not currently in jail.

Ruby's friends say she had a contagious smile and could brighten up a room, "she was very loving, caring, tender. She was always laughing. Never mad," said Yvette Rojas.

Dozens of friends gathered at St. Johns Catholic Church Wednesday to honor Ruby, "what makes me sad is that she died at a very young age. And the way she died. She didn't deserve it," Rojas said.

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