UNIVERSITY PLACE - A group of Buddhist monks gathered at the corner of 67th Avenue West and 44th Street West in University Place Tuesday afternoon.
Their rhythmic chanting was offered to help soothe a grieving father: a father who then reached out and touched the light pole where his son died and said: "I'm taking you home. I'm taking you home."
In the Buddhist tradition, Chairat Noppakovat was talking to the departed soul of his 18-year-old son Kevin.
Late Monday night, Kevin was a passenger in the back seat of a small car. He was sitting next to his best friend Nicholas Morales.
Witnesses say the car was going very fast when it side-swiped another car, careened out of control, and crashed into a light pole and metal railing at the southwest corner of the intersection. Kevin and Nicholas died instantly. The driver and a front seat passenger survived.
"Jumper cables flew over here, a tire hit my neighbor's car, it was one of the most...I've never seen anything like that in my life. It was really sad," said Corey Cline, whose home is just feet from the site of the crash.
"I'll never forget those two kids faces in the back seat," said Tom Landry another neighbor who tried to help the accident victims.
"He's my only son," said Lydia Morales who joined the Noppakovat family Tuesday afternoon at the crash scene.
Nicholas Morales and Kevin Noppakovat graduated from Clover Park High School just his past June. They were in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program together and were planning to start college next month.
On her kitchen table Lydia showed us the high school scrap book she had almost finished for her son. "(They had).....a lot of promise in their future," she said through her tears. "So it was so tragic."
"He's an awesome kid," said Kevin's dad, Chairat. "He's a leader. He loved his friend he took care of his friend. He (would) do anything for them. I don't know how to describe him," he said of his son. "He's my role model."
And their grief was made worse by the questions that haven't been answered. Both families say detectives have told them very little. They know how their sons died in an instant on this corner. But 24 hours later, they didn't know why.
Traffic investigators worked well into the early morning hours in Tuesday at the accident scene. Their findings had not yet been released as of Tuesday night. Witnesses say they believe another car was involved and that two cars might have been racing. The other injured teens have not been identified.