“It was the happiest marriage I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I hope events like this bring more consciousness to teens so that stuff like this stops happening.” Andy Gorman, a friend of Steve Groce, told how a man rode up to him and Groce on a bicycle as they stood at the scene of the crash. “He was no more than 18 or 19 years old,” Gorman said. “He apologized, said he was sorry, and he teared up and started crying. Then he rode away. I admired him.” Gorman said he believed the man was the brother of Robert Canizalez, 19, believed to be one of two street racers involved in the collision. Canizalez, of El Monte, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of murder. His bail was set at $3 million. A second suspect, Martin Morones, 21, of El Monte remains at large. Police said he fled the scene of the accident. His Honda Accord was recovered near the scene of the accident. El Monte police said Canizalez’s Mustang collided with Groce’s Nissan Altima. The force of the crash rammed the Nissan into a stopped Ford F-150. During her remarks, Angelina Gutierrez of El Monte said she went before the City Council two weeks before the crash to ask for speed bumps and more traffic enforcement to stop the street races. Ernie Gutierrez, El Monte’s mayor, also addressed Groce’s family and friends. “Never in the history of the city has an incident like this occurred,” he said. “People have rallied and come together to deal with a serious problem.” Gutierrez said residents often call police if they see someone with a gun or rifle. “But that doesn’t happen when they see a car racing past,” he said. “But both can be deadly. The community needs to deal with some safety issues: loaded weapons, speeding vehicles and reckless driving.” The City Council will look at proposals to deal with those problems at Tuesday’s meeting, he said. “We will do everything we can to begin to resolve those problems so that we will not have an incident like this again,” he said, and the mourners applauded.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Street racing victims’ memorial service SAN GABRIEL – Mourners expressed hope Saturday that the deaths of a woman and her two children would inspire change in a community torn apart by the accident that claimed their lives. Dora Groce, 41, her son Robert, 8, and daughter Catherine, 4, were killed in a fiery auto crash Monday, after her car was broadsided by a street racer at 5:40 p.m. on Parkway Drive at Elliott Avenue in El Monte near a four-way stop. Residents of the neighborhood said street racing had been a problem in their community for months. They expressed sorrow for husband and father Stephen Groce, 44, who lost his family in the accident. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“You saw the cars speeding through like it was a freeway,” said Angelina Gutierrez, among those who spoke Saturday. “Steve’s wife and children will be an inspiration for change so that this will never happen again.” Speaker after speaker told the gathering that Dora Groce, a housewife, was an excellent mother. Nora Torres, a family friend, worried Stephen, a Food and Drug Administration inspector, might become embittered after losing his family. “We don’t need any more anger,” she said. “Let’s keep this good – no more negativism. I don’t want Steve to become a bad person. I know he’s got anger in his heart, but he’s a good person. We don’t need any more bad people in this world.” Dora Groce’s cousin Tony Dubon said the couple married after a seven-week courtship and were together nine years.