Candlelight vigil held for local youth


TORRINGTON – Friends and family of Tyler Schaub and Samantha Hill gathered together at Wiseman Field for a candlelight vigil.

The vigil was held March 18 and was for friends and family to partake in a moment of silence and prayer for Tyler’s family in their time of grief and for Samantha to have the strength to keep fighting.

Kari Brafford and Dawn Bivens organized the event as a safe way for friends and family to remember Tyler and Samantha and to help stop people from traveling to the scene of the accident.

“Tyler played on my son’s travel team and I’m close with Samantha and her family,” Brafford said. “We wanted a safe place for the kids to get together instead of traveling out to the accident scene and trying to do some type of memorial there.”

There were also counselors in attendance from Torrington High School to speak with anyone in attendance who might have needed help.

Before all the candles were lit, Brafford updated those in attendance on Samantha’s recovery and the progress she’s made since the accident.

“Samantha is doing well enough to move around with assistance and will be moving to a rehabilitation center in Colorado,” Brafford said. “All of her stitches are removed except in her neck area. She is working very hard to come back to us.”

Brafford said there were about 150 people at the vigil including Tyler’s brother and his grandparents. Samantha’s boyfriend Gage Meyer also attended and thanked everyone for their prayers and support. He also had a card with him for people to sign for Samantha.

“Thank you everyone for coming out, this is awesome,” Meyer said. “I know Samantha would enjoy this and I’m sure Tyler really respects it. We have a card for everyone to sign and I’m sure it will make [Samantha] happy to read everyone’s messages.

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