In Brocton, New York, mourning continues as the community gathered tonight, to honor the memory of a high school football player whose life was cut tragically short.
Tonight, hundreds of students, teammates, and family members met on the Brocton Central football field for a prayer vigil for 16-year-old Damon Janes.
"It is tragic for this community," said Brocton Central School Board President Doug Walter. "Damon was a really special kid to my son and most of the students in Westfield and Brocton."
The junior running back died Monday, following a helmet-to-helmet injury he sustained in a football game last Friday.
Those that we spoke with, describe Janes as a fun-loving person and gifted athlete.
"He was a hard-nosed football player, very energetic," said Westfield/Brocton Assistant Football Coach Mark Whitmer. "He Loved motocross, just a fun kid to be around, and I'm happy I had the pleasure of knowing him, and having the opportunity to coach him as well."
The school will host a sky lantern release ceremony in Janes' honor on Friday at 7:00 p.m.