Community holds candlelight vigil for Dilan Shearer
BUCHANAN, Mich. -- On Tuesday night, the communities of Niles and Buchanan came together to remember a teen killed in a car accident.
Dilan Shearer, 16, died on Sunday when he crashed his car in Bertrand Township.
He had just left a Father's Day celebration.
The candlelight vigil was held at Buchanan High School's Memorial Field, where Shearer was a student.
It was an emotional night, full of tears and hugs. Hundreds of friends and family filled the stands of the football field to remember the popular athlete.
Everyone sat quietly listening to friends of the teen recall their fondest memories together. Shearer died Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his car and hit a tree.
The sudden loss of a life, just starting, was seen in the tears and the embraces of those in attendance. As the sunset, there was a special moment when everyone filed down to the field to show their support to Shearer's family.
People lined up around the track, lighting candles one by one. Flickering candles lit up the field during a moment of silence as everyone came together to mourn.
Friends and family say Shearer wanted to be a firefighter and played several sports, from football to wrestling.
We also learned about the funeral arrangements for Dilan Shearer.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Swem Funeral Home in Buchanan. The funeral will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Buchanan Christian Church.