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3 soccer teammates struck, killed while waiting for bus

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – A driver crashed into three South Florida soccer teammates who were waiting for their bus Saturday morning, killing the teens.

The Miami Herald reports the crash occurred in North Miami. Authorities said the unidentified driver survived the wreck and was hospitalized in serious condition.

The teens were in their soccer uniforms, ready to play in a tournament in Weston. They were part of the Little Haiti Football Club, a nonprofit that identifies low-income children with athletic talent.

Pat Santangelo sits on the board of directors for the soccer organization. He said many of the 100 kids enrolled in the free program are either homeless, undocumented or low-income.

The teens have been identified as 13-year-old Gideon Desir, 15-year-old Lens Desir and 17-year-old Richcarde Dumay. They were not related.

The teenagers’ soccer team gathered with grief counselors Saturday afternoon at Little Haiti Soccer Park.