SANTA CLARA -- A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in memory of a Santa Clara University law student who was killed in a crash Tuesday on Interstate 880 in Fremont.

Luciana Manriquez, 29, of Chino, died when the sport utility vehicle she was driving collided with a big rig on south I-880 in Fremont, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

The vigil will be held at the Mission Church on the university campus. She also will be remembered at a noon Mass on Thursday, also in the Mission Church.

No one else was injured in the wreck, reported at 4:52 a.m. Tuesday on I-880 just south of Stevenson Boulevard in Fremont, police said. Witnesses told the CHP that the SUV cut off a big rig and the two vehicles collided. Three lanes were shut down for more than an hour while the scene was cleared.

Manriquez, known to friends and colleagues as Luci, was living in San Jose while attending college, where she had just finished her second year of law school.

Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh posted a message on the law school's Facebook page, saying, "We join with Luci's family and friends in prayer and offer consolation amidst the pain of great loss.

Manriquez worked for the Northern California Innocence Project, said fellow law student and close friend Clare McKay.

"She wanted to work for activist organizations to affect change," said McKay, who met Manriquez when the two were first-year law students.


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"For a small person, she had a huge personality; she could make anybody laugh, and she had her own style," McKay recalled. "She was very tough but always very kind. She would tell you like it is, but be very respectful. She would never, ever judge anybody."

The two women became best friends.

"She had the most wonderful, distinct laugh," McKay said. "She was laughing often."

"Luci really loved, like, bad horror movies. She had a tattoo of a chain saw and the face of a famous horror movie actor. She was also influenced by her Mexican heritage," sporting a Dia de Muertos skull tattoo.

"Everybody loved Luci."

Memorial services will be held July 2 in Pomona.

Staff writers David DeBolt and Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report.