MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Investigators are still looking for answers into a deadly boat crash in Wilton Manors that killed a teenager and injured five others.READ MORE: COVID uptick being felt across South Florida as CDC recommends taking added precautions
The classmates of the six beloved students in the accident turned out Friday to echo a message of strength and love, and to personally embrace the family of 17-year-old John Baker who didn’t survive the crash.
“It’s not a lot of words being shared, but it’s a definitely a lot of hugs. And you can feel the energy in the room come in here. We all love john so much,” said student body president Madeline Weiss.
Weiss hopes that everyone remembers Baker for his bravery,READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign off on housing money
“Just the actions that George displayed there, we could never repay him for that. He was a hero that day,” said Weiss.
Amid tissues and teddy bears, the prayers focused on the survivors. Several are still hospitalized.
“They’ve got to take care of each other. We cannot be so low agents,” said Monseigneur Vincent Kelly.MORE NEWS: Second Suspected Case Of Monkeypox In Broward Under Investigation
The auditorium hosting the memorial has been home to many wonderful events, from tournaments to pep rallies. But on Thursday the cheers turned to tears. Yet, in the spirit of St. Thomas of Aquinas, the message reflected was that you can find God everywhere – in the good times and the most difficult.