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Candlelight vigil planned for teen killed on Air Expressway



ADELANTO, Calif. ( — Family and friends of Rudy Isaac Gonzales or better known as ‘Bubba’ are planning a candlelight vigil to honor and remember him.

19-year-old ‘Bubba’ lived his young life with autism disorder and seizures, however, that never stopped him from smiling and wanting to make others happy. The teen, who had just celebrated his 19th birthday in March was reported missing by his family on May 1, 2018.

According to his sister Ruby Mendoza, her brother walked away from his home while their mom was out running errands and by the time she returned that’s when she’d noticed Rudy was gone.

Family, friends, and sheriff’s deputies helped search for Bubba who was barefoot and only wearing a light-colored shirt and pajama pants. A sheriff’s helicopter flew over neighborhoods giving a description of the missing teen and asking for anyone with information to call the police. After an extensive search daylight turned into night and ‘Bubba’ had still not been found.

The following morning at about 3:49 am, 911 dispatch received a call from the driver of a vehicle, who reported he had hit something while traveling on Air Expressway near Adelanto Road and believed it may have been a person.

Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed a pedestrian had been struck by a small white pick-up truck. That pedestrian was identified as missing teen, Rudy Gonzales.

‘Bubba’ is remembered as a smart, funny, loving, young man who had the ability to make anyone laugh. “He loved going to the movies and Costco. His favorite holiday was Halloween,” stated his sister Ruby Mendoza. Bubba’s family said they will hold a candlelight vigil near the scene of the accident on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm. People who wish to show their support are asked to arrive closer to 6:30 pm.

Donations to help Bubba’s family with funeral expenses and other costs can be made via the Gofundme account – Autism: Be Aware, Be Understanding.


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