Accident Claims the Lives of Two EHS Sophomores

April 29, 2011
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By Joshua Resnek

editor@everettindependent.com

Preparations were made for the burial of two 16-year-old Everett High School sophomores who died in a car crash on the McGrath Highway in Somerville on Friday morning.

Mayara Alves was waked from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church on Norwood Street Monday evening. Her burial took place Tuesday morning, 10:00 a.m.  at the church.

Isabella DaSilva will be waked from the Cafasso and Sons Funeral Home on Clark Street but the date and time of the wake and the funeral to follow have yet to be scheduled or announced.

The 21- year- old driver of the automobile the girls were riding in, Kenneth Belew of Somerville, was arraigned in Somerville District Court Monday morning and charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and drunken driving.

He was released on $5,000 bail.

Alves died at the scene of the crash. DaSilva died at the Massachusetts General Hospital over the weekend.

The predawn crash has caused an outpouring of grief at Everett High School where both girls were popular students, well known to the student body, and well liked.

“These were good kids, never in trouble, one of them with great grades, the other struggling just a bit,” said Superintendent of Schools Fred Foresteire.

“Everybody liked them. We all feel terrible about this. We all feel for their families and friends,” he added.

Grief counselors have been meeting with students at the high school since Saturday and were still meeting with students Monday. The Everett Public Schools has a specially trained grief counseling staff and crisis team made up of social workers and psychologists who were called into action.

“This was a terrible spring vacation tragedy,” Foresteire said.

And he is right.

The driver of the car was screaming and pulling his hair when found by police after the crash according to Somerville police officers at the scene of the accident.

Belew had a checkered driving record and a few court appearances on a variety of lesser criminal charges.

The dead girls were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Three male passengers in the automobile wearing their seat belts suffered minor injuries, according to the police.

According to police reports, Belew was driving, that he had sped up and suddenly, for no apparent reason, hit the brake causing the car to slide sideways before smashing into a barrier on the McGrath Highway.

He was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu.

Survivors of the crash told police they had left a party and the six of them got into the automobile.

Monday, the Somerville Court was packed with family members supportive of Belew as well as family members grieving over the loss of their daughters.

  • Ludymilla Ketley

    I fell sorry for Mayara Alves I New Her She Was From My Church!

  • Sugarsugar

    these girls were obviously drinking and were out late at night did u know that isabellas own mother told her to come home and she cursed her mom out and mayara ran away from home? we shouldnt prosecute the driver that harshley because he did not plan to kill his friends just sayinn

  • Misa

    Just because teens are troubled, doesn’t mean they deserve to die and it doesn’t mean they got what they deserved because they may have been delinquents. The parents are to blame for not taking care of their daughters properly, but that’s another story. Anyone who is under the influence and gets behind the wheel of a car, CHOOSES to do so and by making that choice, also CHOOSES to put the lives of others in his/her hands. Therefore, a person who chooses to play with the lives of others and is responsible for the death of others because of that choice doesn’t deserve any better treatment than someone who “planned” the death of another. These girls deserve justice too…just sayin

  • MOM

    I don’t care what happeneS TI THE DRIVER OF 2 16 YEAR OLD GIRLS, aand Sugarsugar, NEVER ASSUME that these girls were drinking, were u there???? I OBVIOUSLY ASSUME NO, JUST LIKE U ASSUMED THEY WERE DRINKING!!!! Two innonicient lives were taken!! Face it Don’t go up digging up assumptions unless U NO THE FACTS

  • Debsouza

    essas meninas simplismente estavam no lugar errado na hora errada, elas tem sim sua culpa asiim como o driver tambem tem, but accidents happen, we have to face it. agora é orar e pedir pra deus consolar as familhas das meninas.

  • Sugarsugar

    i was at the partyy okayy i know what went downn 

  • jenah

    well i know mayara and yah she had problems but im shure she didnt plan to die…