BROCTON, NY (WIVB) - It continues to be a very tough week for the Brocton community. Sixteen-year-old Damon Jane’s death has had a major impact on the people living there, and it was evident Wednesday night as they gathered on the football field where he loved to play.
Hundreds of people who knew and loved Janes, and some people who might have never met him, all stood together, holding candles, hugging each other and celebrating a young athlete’s life that ended far too soon.
PHOTOS: See a photo gallery from the ceremony here
Brocton School Board President Doug Walter described Janes, “Very contagious smile, if you ever looked at the pictures, very contagious smile, everybody loved him.”
Janes died days after getting injured during a high school football game. Walter’s son was one of Damon’s teammates.
Walter said, “My son is dealing along with all his friends, they're doing it in their own way, but they miss him. If you ever see some of the signs around on their cars saying how much they're going to miss him. But they're going to be okay, they will heal but Damon will be with them so that's a big thing.”
At Wednesday night’s vigil, the scoreboard showed Damon’s football number “25” and his motocross number “7-11.” The vigil brought the small community of Brocton-Westfield together along with caring people from other communities.
Sherman football player Brendon Rowe said, “It's just too bad that he died so early. And that he should have a much better life.”
The vigil helped the tight-knit community continue to deal with the devastating loss.
A viewing will take place Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home on Highland Avenue in Brocton. Funeral service for Damon Janes will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church, in Westfield.
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