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Police identify three people killed in Lombardi Ave crash

The victims were identified as Jesse L. Saldana, 28; Sonia D. Gonzalez-Guillen, 27; and Sonia V. Gonzalez, 57.
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 10:54 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay Police have released the names of three people killed in a crash on Lombardi Ave Sunday.

The victims were identified as Jesse L. Saldana, 28; Sonia D. Gonzalez-Guillen, 27; and Sonia V. Gonzalez, 57.

Action 2 News has learned that Jesse Saldana was a local soccer player. The Sports Emporium in De Pere posted about Saldana on its Facebook page with the caption “Forever a champion.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for expenses related to Saldana’s passing. CLICK HERE for the fundraiser.

“Soccer was his passion and he will be remembered forever and always... There is nothing that could have prepared us for this tragedy,” reads the fundraiser page.

The Green Bay Police Department says the crash remains under investigation and no new details are expected Tuesday.

A vigil was held for the victims Monday at the crash scene on Lombardi Ave.

Abdi Ahmed, 22, faces three counts of second-degree reckless homicide in the crash. He is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

The speed limit in the area is 35 miles an hour, and police say Ahmed was traveling between 60 and 90 miles an hour.

Brown County District Attorney David Lasee said witnesses told investigators that Ahmed may no attempt to break and even changed lanes without signaling at one point.

A witness Action 2 News talked to, who was right behind Ahmed when the crash happened, said he ‘gunned it’ after sitting at a red light on the corner of Holmgren Way and Lombardi Ave.

“We were at the second stop light and this light was red...and then the light turned green and he just gunned it forward. His car was very loud. I was behind him and I was a little ways back. He was a little farther ahead of me and then that’s when he hit the other car that was turning into Kwik Trip and I just saw a bunch of smoke when he hit because just all the debris went flying,” said Kiana.

Lasee said this is not Ahmed’s first interaction with police when it comes to speeding.

“So far this year there have been a total of 6 contacts or complaints regarding this same vehicle for reckless driving or excessive speed,” said Lasee. “It includes a report 10 days ago where this vehicle is alleged to have traveled at 90 miles an hour, with its lights off at 10:30 p.m.”

Action 2 News will continue to follow this developing story.

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“It just shows how one mistake can affect so many lives,” said Gonzalo Huete.

Huete, and dozens of others, gathered at a vigil Monday night to pay their respects to three victims of a fatal crash that happened along Lombardi Avenue on Sunday.

Authorities have not released the victims’ identities, but many of those who came to mourn remember one of the victims as a fighter; symbolized by boxing gloves left near the torn up grass of the crash.

“Pretty much when someone is a fighter or someone is close to a fighter who passes away, we usually leave some gloves…” said Javier Becerra who runs Junior’s Boxing Club. “We leave them as a memory for somebody we love.” Becerra says he has known one of the victims since he was a kid, who became as close as a brother.

“I would always see him at the soccer fields and we would practice and you know we would see him at home and always being there for us,” said Becerra.

Huete remembers a great soccer player and mentor.

“He was always there for me when I was a child, he was always there at my soccer games, he was a big impact in my life. He was a good bright soul on and off the soccer field,” said Huete.

Ron Smits, owner of Smitty’s Nearly New Auto and Truck, built the crosses and placed them outside his business. People brought flowers and keepsakes throughout the day, covering up the holes in the grass and in people’s hearts.

“It’s heart breaking, but at the same time, very appreciative of everyone saying sorry and remembering him,” said Becerra.

Abdi Ahmed, 22, faces three counts of second-degree reckless homicide. He is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

The speed limit in the area is 35 miles an hour, and police say Ahmed was traveling between 60 and 90 miles an hour.

Brown County District Attorney David Lasee said witnesses told investigators that Ahmed may no attempt to break and even changed lanes without signaling at one point.

A witness Action 2 News talked to, who was right behind Ahmed when the crash happened, said he ‘gunned it’ after sitting at a red light on the corner of Holmgren Way and Lombardi Avenue.

“We were at the second stop light and this light was red...and then the light turned green and he just gunned it forward. His car was very loud. I was behind him and I was a little ways back. He was a little farther ahead of me and then that’s when he hit the other car that was turning into Kwik Trip and I just saw a bunch of smoke when he hit because just all the debris went flying,” said Kiana.

Lasee said this is not Ahmed’s first interaction with police when it comes to speeding.

“So far this year there have been a total of 6 contacts or complaints regarding this same vehicle for reckless driving or excessive speed,” said Lasee. “It includes a report 10 days ago where this vehicle is alleged to have traveled at 90 miles an hour, with its lights off at 10:30 p.m.”

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