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March 9 memorial set for Gonzales Community School student killed in crash

March 2, 2019

A public memorial will be held March 9 for 9-year-old Jeremiah Archuleta, a Santa Fe boy killed last week in a two-car crash.

Archuleta, a fourth-grade student at Gonzales Community School, was riding in a car driven by his father, Dominic Archuleta, when it collided with an SUV around 7:30 a.m. Friday on St. Francis Drive. Another adult and child were in the SUV, according to police.

The crash remains under investigation, Santa Fe Police Department Deputy Chief Ben Valdez said Wednesday, noting that these types of serious cases can take time to determine who, if anyone, was at fault.

Dominic Archuleta remained in critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Jimmy Sandoval, a pastor at Grace Community Church, where the Archuleta family has been active, said the community has been very supportive through the tragedy, which has been particularly difficult because Jeremiah was so young.

Sandoval said he hopes to address a central question at the memorial for Jeremiah.

“The question now is why,” he said. “Why does God let this happen to kids?”

According to Sandoval, the Archuleta family has asked for prayers from the community for Dominic, a Sprouts employee who has been a dedicated volunteer and coach at Gonzales Community School.

The public memorial will be held at 10 a.m. March 9 in the Capital High School gymnasium, 4851 Paseo del Sol. A private funeral will take place afterward.

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