BROCTON, NY- In the Brocton Central School District, the flags are at half-staff, honoring the life of 16-year-old Damon Janes.
Janes, who was a running back on the Brocton/Westfield football team, died Monday night from injuries he sustained in a helmet-to-helmet collision Friday night.
"The kids are supporting each other," said Brocton Superintendent John Hertlein in a phone interview with WGRZ. "Our staff is supporting the kids, and our kids are supporting the staff and we do have counselors in and around the school and so does Westfield."
While the school district mourns Janes' death, members of the Brocton community are also left devastated.
"I've known the father and the grandparents for all my life," said David Hall. "Great people. It's a sad situation....the whole thing."
Outside of Hall's business, and throughout Brocton, there are signs that read "Pray for Damon." On each utility pole, there are ribbons with the varsity Janes' initials.
"It's just really sad to see this all happen to a family like that," said Hall. "For something like this to happen is terrible."
In a released statement, Janes' parents expressed their "gratitude for those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family."
A prayer vigil in Janes' honor is scheduled for Wednesday evening, at 7:00 p.m. on the Brocton School football field.