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Community Remembers Football Star

Hundreds come together to remember the life of a 16 year old who died following a football injury.
September 18, 2013 - The Brocton community is mourning the loss of a bright, outgoing football star: 16 year old Damon Janes.

"He was full of life. He would light up a room with his smile," said assistant coach and close family friend, Mark Witmer.

Janes died Monday evening from head injuries he sustained during a football game Friday night.

Hundreds of people came together Wednesday evening to remember him, and all he loved.

His jersey number, 25, lit up the scoreboard, as well as 711, the number on his motocross bike.

His close friend rode his bike around the football field in his memory at the start of the vigil, members of his junior class released paper lanterns into the sky to remember their friend, and his family members released balloons into the sky in his honor.

Hundreds gathered tearfully on the sidelines with candles alit, shining brightly like loved ones say Janes did.

Although everyone who attended did not know Janes personally, they said it was very important to come out to support the family.

"They're good people and we care about them. That's what our community is and that's what it's about: being together and taking care of each other and that's what it should be," said Sandra Tye.


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