Friends and family came together for a vigil for Shyheim Samuel in Derby on Friday.
The 20-year-old was killed after a car crash in Seymour on Tuesday, which left five others hurt.
“Every day you wake up hoping it’s a dream and it’s not. The closer you get to finding out what happened, the more it hurts,” Chuck Albea, a family member, said.
Police believe Samuel had been a passenger in a sedan loaded with five other people.
Officers say the car crashed into a utility pole in Seymour on Tuesday night; live power lines fell and trapped people inside.
Samuel who turned twenty-years-old the day before died.
“It was one of our own. So it’s been tough, it’s been tough for the community,” Pastor Dennis Marroquin of New Beginnings Church of God, said.
That’s why Marroquin organized a vigil which marched from his church to the family’s home a few blocks away in Derby.
Samuel had been part of a large and tight-knit family.
“Humble, quiet, always said, "Hello", "Yes, sir." He was raised right,” Marroquin said.
Organizers hoped to calm people’s anger; a previous vigil for Samuel had ended with someone firing a gun.
Thankfully no one was hurt.
Friday was simply a heart-wrenching release; as a family began to say goodbye.
“Parents shouldn’t have to bury their own child. That’s the hardest thing,” Albea said.
Police suspect speed was a factor in Tuesday’s crash and charges are expected.
The other victims – ages 14 to 22 – were treated for serious injuries but were expected to survive.
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