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Fernley Community In Shock After Accidental Teen Deaths

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The Fernley community is grieving the sudden loss of two teenagers. Investigators believe they died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning late Tuesday night.

Lyon County deputies responded to the 200 block of Sandia Drive around midnight on a report of an unresponsive boy and girl in a parked car. Emergency workers performed CPR on them, but could not resuscitate them. Deputies do not believe foul play was a factor in their deaths.

The two have been identified by family and friends as Alondra Rivera and Zack Dwyer who were both 16-years old.

On Wednesday, we learned more about the girl everyone knew as "Ali".

"She was a great person," said Cheyenne Brewer, one of Rivera's friends. "I don't know why they had to take her."

"The shocker was just seeing my family so down because it's my family," said William Stevens, Ali's brother. "It just feels like a dream. I just want to wake up right now, you know?"

A memorial was created for her on the front lawn of her home -- a display her family appreciates.

"To see this many people actually show up, it means a lot to all of us," Stevens said. "It's cool to see a town actually become a town and not drawing away from each other."

Dozens of people stopped by to leave things like flowers and stuffed animals.

"She deserves for everybody to be here, paying their respects to her," said Marissa Reeves, a friend. "She was taken too early, and it's not fair."

I talked to those who went to Fernley High School with Ali and knew her well. They're still trying to put the pieces back together from the loss.

"When everyone was at school saying it was Zack and Ali, Zack and Ali," Reeves said. "No one wanted to believe it was Ali Rivera."

"I felt like I was dreaming," said Jessica Josephson. "I was waiting to wake up and just see her at school and smiling, her and Zack both. They were a huge part of our school."

"We were just hoping they'd show up late, that it wasn't actually them that died," said Kaylee Mayhew.

Her friends tell us she always found a way to brighten everyone's day, and she had a contagious laugh.

"She always knew how to make you feel better, bring up your spirit in what you wanted to do to pursue your dreams and your goals" Josephson said.

"She had this laugh that you could never forget," Reeves said.

She was also a huge part of the soccer and swim teams at Fernley High.

"Her teammates said that she was the one that kept them going," Brewer said. "She was the one that made them strive to be better people."

She also loved art.

"She wanted to be a painter," Reeves said. "She was so good at art."

Her family and friends say it's going to be a long road to recovery.

"I just hope that they know what a great person she was and that they don't feel sad forever," Reeves said. "She's still in our hearts. She's still in Fernley High School's heart. Everybody still thinks about her, just because she's gone, she's still with all of us, and she wouldn't want anyone to be sad."

"Try to get better as a family, that's what she would want," Stevens said. "To not let us have any setbacks.

Her family has set up a bank account for anyone who wants to help with expenses. You can go into any Nevada State Bank and donate to account number: 0468042650







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