Crash victim remembered by classmates, family

October 1, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
Dozens turned out to honor the life of a 16-year-old boy who had a huge impact on a lot of people in a short time.

Tyreic Hemphill died about two weeks ago in a car crash.

Wednesday was a bittersweet evening for Hemphill's loved ones. It was bitter because of the circumstances, and sweet because of the influence the young man had on his peers.

However, between a handful of dance numbers, spoken word and a solo vocal performance, there was plenty to lighten the mood.

Several moments of silence between each of those offered ample time to celebrate the positive impact Hemphill had on his community.

The Jordan High Senior was a counselor with the Emily K. Center, one his class' top students, and he had aspirations to study engineering at Howard University.

Smart, respectful and giving by all accounts, he had a whole life ahead of him, until the crash ended all of that promise. Emotions from the tragedy are still fresh.

"He was one of my best friends ever since sixth grade and he was always there for now matter what," said Hemphill's classmate Alexis Crews. "So I know he wouldn't want me crying right now, but he's always one of my best friends and I'll love him forever."

Before the group lighted candles, Hemphill's father offered some insightfully funny and tearful anecdotes about his son. Both of the teen's parents were in attendance.

The vigil came exactly a week after Hemphill's funeral.

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