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'Devastating': A community tries to make sense of a hit-and-run that claimed 2 young men

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NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Friends, family and perfect strangers all came together Wednesday for a candlelight vigil to to remember two young men who were killed in a hit-and-run crash near Makua Beach this week.

More than 100 people gathered at Zablan's Beach in Nanakuli for the vigil. 

It was a place where 21-year-old Jonah Ragsdale of Maili and 23-year-old Daniel Mole of Nanakuli spent a lot of their free time.

The gathering helped bring some comfort to family members as they seek to make sense ofwhat happened Monday night, when the two were struck and killed by a car as they were changing a tire on the side of Farrington Highway near Makua.

"It just shows the compassion and warmth from the community, as well as their friends, to do something like this," said Mole's father, Richard Daniel Mole.

Ragsdale's family, including his mother and aunt, where at the vigil but were too distraught to speak to reporters.

"For me, I wake up in the middle of the night many times, crying," said Daniel Mole's father. "I just woke up the household this morning, sobbing."

The tears of many others also flowed in the candlelight at the vigil. The mourners included the family of Kaulana Werner, who was killed in a different hit-and-run crash in front of his Nanakuli home in 2016.

"It's devastating, you know?" said Werner's father, Eddie. "It's about our fifth family member, ohana, that got taken out this way. So we need a change. And we need a change yesterday."

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