Friends hold vigil for man killed in crash

CARY

The crash happened Saturday morning at the intersection of Rock Quarry and Proctor roads -- just south of the /*Beltline*/.

The suspect, Kenya Alston, faced a judge Tuesday and his appearance came with some drama.

A judge upgraded the charged against Alston to murder. It was an unexpected blow to the suspect and it brought his family to their knees.

Police say the 31-year-old made a deadly decision early Saturday morning when an officer pulled him over for a broken headlight and he sped away.

"I just had a vehicle take off from me at a traffic stop," the officer said.

Alston was going 70 mph down Rock Quarry Road when his car slammed into Kraft and his girlfriend, Michelle Dixon. The two were waiting at a traffic light.

"I just kind of held him in my arms until the ambulance got there ," Dixon said.

Kraft died a day later. Alston turned himself in after posting bond on /*DWI*/ and speeding charges.

Now he faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run and first-degree murder.

"He was a great friend, and he'll be missed by many," Chili's Manager Joey Zelenka said.

Kraft worked at the /*Chili's*/ on Kikdaire Farm Road in Cary.

Zelenka will be among dozens of people remembering 21-year-old Kraft Tuesday night. Outside the restaurant where he worked there's a newly planted tree in his honor.

"Everybody here at Chili's at Cary has come together as a family," Zelenka said.

"He was so good to me and everybody," Dixon said. "He had such a big heart. He really did."

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