Families Of Couple Killed After Pursuit Suspect Slammed Into Their Car Call For End To Chases

Two devastated families held a vigil Friday night at the site of a fatal crash, urging law enforcement to rethink pursuit tactics.

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JEFF VAUGHN: Our top story here on KCAL9 News and streaming on CBSN Los Angeles, tonight, family and friends gathered to remember a young couple who were killed when a police pursuit ends in a violent crash.

SUZIE SUH: Relatives of the victims are now pleading with police to rethink the tactics that police used during the chases. KCAL9's Rick Montanez is live in Inglewood with more now. Rick?

RICK MONTANEZ: Susie and Jeff, both families, of course, devastated by this. They all came out here tonight to put this memorial together here at the crash site. These families united in their grief with that plea for law enforcement to rethink pursuit tactics.


RICK MONTANEZ: Two heartbroken mothers meeting for the first time, embracing as they grieve the loss of their children, a young couple killed late Wednesday night.

ASIA DONES: You know that young love, they both were doing so well.

RICK MONTANEZ: The two families held vigil at the spot where the couple died. Asia Boatwright was 22, a phlebotomist with ambitions of becoming a registered nurse. She and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Ryan Davis, recently moved in together.

AZIZA KING: My only son. My only child. My only child. My only child.

RICK MONTANEZ: Security video shows the deadly crash, CHP in pursuit of the blue pickup. The driver ran a stop sign and T-boned Boatwright's car.

AZIZA KING: Less than one minute of a chase cost two innocent people their lives. My son and his girlfriend lost their life.

TRE COTTON: It's unfair, but the chases do have to stop. It's not proving anything. Innocent lives are being lost.

RICK MONTANEZ: CHP arrested the driver after video captured him running from the crash.

ASIA DONES: His family still gets to see him. We're never gonna see ours. All they were doing was on their way home, and this happens?

TRE COTTON: We will be at every court date until it's solved.

RICK MONTANEZ: Two families demanding justice and change.

AZIZA KING: These chases have to stop. Too many lives are being taken.

RICK MONTANEZ: As they struggle to deal with deep grief.

ASIA DONES: All I can do is put my faith in God because, you know what? We are torn.

RICK MONTANEZ: The CHP identifies the pursuit driver as 42-year-old Gustavo Reulas Junior. Initially, he was wanted for running a red light and suspected of DUI. Now, he's facing murder charges. We're live in Inglewood tonight. Rick Martinez, KCAL9 News.

SUZIE SUH: Rick, thank you very much.