HAMILTON - A community gathered Friday to remember three young people killed in an alleged drunken driving crash this week.

A candlelight vigil was held in Hamilton to honor Samantha Belliveau, Nicole Rodriguez and Jonathan Rivas, whose lives were tragically cut short.

The memorial also held a strong message for those who remembered how the friends died.

Classmate of the girls who died have stern words. "We shouldn't be careless behind the wheel even if we're over 21," says Anna Wilson, of Hamilton. "We shouldn't be drinking and driving. It's upsetting to see this and we need to learn."

Anthony Canulli spoke for the advocacy group, City of Angels, which does free interventions. "Don't drink and drive. Call anybody you can before you get in a vehicle with someone who has been drinking," he says.

Erica Sost is selling T-shirts, hoping to raise money for alcohol awareness, in order to honor her friend Nicole Rodriguez.

State police say the driver of the car, 19-year-old Luis Delcid-Cardona has been charged with two counts of death by auto and one count of assault by auto. The assault charge could be upgraded.