Star NJ High School Athlete Killed in Crash

On Sunday, friends and family of the Bloomfield High School junior and star soccer player remembered the 16-year-old, struggling to believe that she was gone

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    Grief counselors will be on hand at a New Jersey high school to help students deal with the death of 16-year-old Christina Lembo. The star athelete's life was cut tragically short when she was killed Saturday night in a horrific car crash. News 4's Jonathan Vigliotti spoke to some of her friends and those who saw the tragedy unfold.

    Christina Lembo was returning home in a car with two friends Saturday night, when a car speeding in the opposite direction smashed into the vehicle, killing Lembo less than a block from her home.

    On Sunday, friends and family of the Bloomfield High School junior and star soccer player remembered the 16-year-old girl and struggled to accept that she was gone.

    "I'm just still in shock," said Mika Japaz, one of Lembo's friends."She was really, really sweet. She played soccer, she was really good."

    A second passenger in Lembo's vehicle is recovering at an area hospital.

    It's still unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. Police said no charges have been filed, but an investigation is ongoing.

    On the corner where Lembo was killed, friends created a memorial for Lembo with flowers and pictures. Online, one friend wrote on twitter, "my heart feels like its getting crushed."

    Bloomfield High School's principal said Sunday that grief counselors would be made available to students.

    "It just makes you think of holding your kids a little tighter every night," said Michelle Oranas, who knew Lembo. "You know you're never promised tomorrow."