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Nicholas Gonzalez Pena
A service was held Monday at Lakewood Funeral Home for Nicholas Gonzalez Pena, 20, formerly of Ceres. He died May 23, 2009 in an automobile accident on Highway 120 near Chinese Camp. He was killed along with his fiance's 2-year-old daughter, Christina Leilani Nasario.

Interment was at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Born Oct 9, 1988 in Modesto, Nicholas lived there for the past eight years. He previously lived in Delhi and in Ceres. Nicholas played the violin and clarinet and was also in the choir at El Vista Elementary School. He was a first place winner at the Stanislaus County Science Olympiads while attending La Loma Junior High School. He was a four-year member of the Future Farmers of America at Thomas Downey High School where he graduated in 2006. He was most recently a student at UTI in Sacramento where he was working toward completing the Automotive Technology and Diesel & Industrial Technology Technician Programs.

Mr. Pena spent the year after high school raising Leopard Geckos. He loved the outdoors and went fishing in the lakes in and around the Sacramento area as often as he could.

Nicholas leaves behind his fiance, Edwina Nasario of Modesto; his parents, Victor Melendez Pena and Sarah Gonzalez Pena; his brother, Christopher Pena; and his grandparents, Pedro and Jane Gonzalez and Lucy Pena.

Friends are invited to visit the family's memorial website at for memorial fund information and to sign the guest book. Memorial contributions can be made to assist the family of Christina Nasario.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /June 3, 2009