Family, friends in mourning after 2 James Logan High School students killed in Hayward crash

Byby Melanie Woodrow via KGO logo
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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It will be a difficult return to school for James Logan High School students on Tuesday after two teens died this weekend in a crash. A third remains in the hospital.

HAYWARD, Calif. (KGO) -- Students will return to James Logan High School without two of their peers. The teens were killed in a crash on Interstate 880 in Hayward early Sunday morning.

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We've seen several friends come by the school on Monday to pay their respects. Some of them arrived after visiting the hospital where a third teen who survived the crash is recovering. Another candlelight vigil will take place Monday night.

The families of two teens killed in a crash Sunday morning on Interstate 880 in Hayward gathered at a home in Newark Monday.

"I never thought I'd ever have to bury one of my siblings so soon," said the victim's sister, Danielle Ioramo.

Danielle, who was wearing her brother's football jersey, says she fought with her baby brother the most and is taking his death the hardest.

For a time it seemed Joe Junior would make it.

"He was fighting through a lot of surgeries," said the victim's brother, David Ioramo.

Late Sunday afternoon, the Ioramo family found out he did not.

James Logan High School Senior Izaiah Mease also died in the crash.

"Izaiah was just the biggest heart, never stopped," said his friend, Brenden Sinigayan.

Friends of both teens have been stopping by a candlelight vigil outside James Logan High School.

"I love them both," said Brenden. "They're just funny, strong, big hearts."

More than 100 people paid their respects on Sunday night. Tuesday is the first day back for students.

"It's not going to be a normal day, but Logan students are resilient," said Principal Abhi Brar.

The teens were well-known football players.

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Junior's family says he also played rugby and was going to be on independent study this year.

"No matter what anybody needed he was always there," said Danielle.

One of six siblings and the baby of the family, Junior's family says the teen's smile and personality were big.

"Just miss him being loud," said Danielle. "The house is quiet now. When we woke up this morning, it was the first night without him.."

A third teen who was in the front passenger seat, Izaiah PaoPao, is recovering in the hospital.

"He's doing really well, doing really well," said friend Brenden S.

The CHP is investigating the crash