CONCORD -- For nearly half an hour Sunday night, Stoorai Nuri knelt weeping on the sidewalk where, exactly one year ago, a teenage driver lost control of his car and slammed into her husband and younger daughter, killing them both.
"You're never OK," Stoorai Nuri said after the candlelight vigil.
Family, friends and soccer teammates crowded Treat Boulevard just west of Oak Grove Road, the sidewalk covered with stuffed animals, candles, ribbons and beads to honor the lives of Solaiman Nuri and 9-year-old Hadees Nuri.
Many, including Stoorai Nuri, wore purple -- Hadees' favorite color. Soccer players who once played for Solaiman Nuri left practice early to pay respects. They remembered Solaiman as a dedicated father and soccer coach, who never turned down someone asking a favor, and recalled how Hadees was a "daddy's girl" who never left her father's side even, sadly, in death.
On April 7, 2012, the father and his two daughters were riding bicycles on the sidewalk when then-17-year-old David Rosen sped through a yellow light, zipped around cars and accelerated to 71 mph before he struck the family. Hannah Nuri, then 12, survived the crash.
In October, Rosen was sentenced to seven years and eight months in a facility for juveniles after he pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, unlawful acts and driving causing injury. Because he was convicted as a minor, he will be released in about three years when he turns 21.
Hadees would have turned 10 last month. Her uncle Emal Karzai said he spent her birthday at the cemetery and was comforted to see there were already flowers at her resting place.
"The love has never stopped," he said of the Girl Scouts, soccer players and school leaders who have helped his family through a rough year. "It's in everyone's hearts."
In closing on Sunday, Suhaila Aziz read a poem she wrote to her cousin Hadees and uncle Solaiman titled, "A letter from earth to heaven."
"You've gone and taken with you a piece of our hearts. And here lays that spot you once blessed with life and beauty. Know that you are loved, know that you are always remembered, and know that we wait for that day where we are once again reunited."
David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.