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DACONO, Colo. (AP) — Racers, friends and family members paid tribute to one of their own at the Colorado National Speedway in Dacono.

The Daily Camera reports the group gathered Sunday afternoon for a memorial service for 20-year-old Makayla Grote who died earlier this month from stab wounds allegedly suffered at the hands of a 15-year-old suspect.

Boulder County prosecutors say the suspect traveled to Longmont looking for Grote’s younger sister, who topped a “death list” the boy is accused of compiling. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Grote started driving go-karts at age 8 and went on to race a late-model stock car numbered 97 at the speedway.

Her father, Troy Grote, gave the door of her car to the track, where it will be displayed with other memorabilia.


Information from: Daily Camera,