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FOUNTAIN VALLEY — The song, "I will remember you," by Sarah McLachlan softly played, as some people gazed at photos and collages of the late Julie Allen that were propped on easels at Fountain Valley High School.
About 100 people gathered at the bowl area Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of the girl who they said made everyone feel special. Some cried and others smiled while reminiscing.
John Allen, Julie's father, saw the memorial as a time to deliver a statement as he tried to make sense of his daughter's death.
Julie Allen, a former Corona del Mar High standout distance runner, died Jan. 15 after her car drove well past the speed limit on West Coast Highway, police said. An investigation is ongoing in the fatal 10-car accident that also took the lives of two others when the 27-year-old Allen sped into oncoming traffic.