BROCTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Members of the Brocton Community are gathering to remember Damon Janes. The high school junior died after being critically injured in a football game last Friday. A vigil is being held Wednesday evening on the football field in memory of the 16-year-old student.
Grief counselors have been at Brocton High School again Wednesday. Students went back to class Tuesday for the first time since learning their classmate 16-year-old Damon Janes died. He was injured during a varsity football game Friday.
Ever since the young man’s passing, groups from all over the area have come forward trying to help the family, that includes dinner benefits, cell phone covers, raffles and more for the family as they struggle with their loss.
Wednesday morning, Janes' obituary was released in the Post Journal, which stated Janes played football since the age of nine, was an avid fisherman and hunter and excelled in everything he did. His motto was "giving up is simply not an option."
Buffalo Bills Player CJ Spiller sent a message out on Twitter, saying, "Wanna send prayers out to Damon Janes family as they go thru this difficult time of their lives. #Letseducateaboutplayersafety"
Bills fans, through the Bills Mafia store, will also be selling cell phone covers starting Wednesday morning with profits going to Janes' family.
Several business owners in Brocton are raising money to help the Janes family. There will be a public benefit and spaghetti dinner on Sunday, September 29th at the Nickel Plate Depot in Brocton. It runs noon until 8 p.m. and includes raffles.
The family suggests memorials be made at any branch of the Community Bank which has been set up under the title Damon Janes Memorial Fund.
Janes' wake will be both Thursday and Friday at the Morse Funeral Home, in Brocton, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning, at 11 a.m. at the Lakeshore Assembly of God, in Westfield.
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