Vigil held for football player killed in accident - Tucson News Now

Vigil held for football player killed in accident

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A lot of tears, laughs and hugs at Empire High School as hundreds of people lit a candle in honor of Grayson Weeks.

The 16-year-old star quarterback died yesterday in a car accident on Interstate 10 near Marsh Station Road.

Responding officers say he was ejected from the vehicle and killed. Tonight friends, family and the Vail community came out to remember him.

During the vigil they had prayers, a moment of silence and statements from coaches and teammates.

He was described as a great athlete, funny, and likeable.

"He was there for everybody, he always had an opinion and if anybody needed help at any given time, even if he didn't know you, he'd be there," said Mito Mendival, his cousin.

 

"His personality came out everywhere he was, his personality was just gleaming and everybody just wanted to be around him or be part of him, he was just that kind of guy you'd do anything to be with," said his best friend Nick Lakosky.

The coach of his football team, who is also his uncle says they plan on retiring his football number, number 15.

And right down the road, the Hot Rods restaurant is having a special benefit for Grayson, with proceeds going to his family.

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