WestConn Schedules Vigil for Lacrosse Players Killed in Crash
It was news that rocked the Western Connecticut State University community. Two of the school's lacrosse players were tragically killed Friday, October 22 in a car crash that also left one other passenger seriously injured.
Now, according to school officials, the University has scheduled a candlelitght vigil to remember the two Western Lacrosse players that lost their lives in a tragic accident in Colchester.
According to newstimes.com, the vigil is set for this Wednesday at 4:30 PM at the Western Connecticut State University Athletic Complex. Following the vigil the Lacrosse team will play a scrimmage game of celebration to remember the lives of the two former players.
The accident took the lives of Tyler Graham and Jacob Chapman, both 18, happened shortly before 1 PM on Friday, October 22 on Lake Hayward Road near the intersection of Route 354, an intersection that police and the Department of Public Works were already working on plans to improve the safety of.
In an incident report released from Troop K, state police said Chapman was driving a red 2010 Nissan Altima westbound on Route 354 when he attempted to pass another car at a high speed. For an unknown reason, the car left the road and collided with a metal guardrail and multiple trees before stopping down an embankment, according to the incident summary. A third student, 19-year-old Trey Massaro, was seriously injured but is reported recovering at his home in Massachusetts.
Hundreds gathered last Sunday, (Oct.24) in the players hometown of Colchester for a memorial vigil on the town's green.
The Western Connecticut State University's Athletic Department has put together a moving video tribute to the two players on YouTube.
The two players were not only friends from Colchester, but were know as the dynamic duo to their Lacrosse teammates at WestConn, and once they met Trey Massaro at the school, they bonded and became the dynamic trio.
Thanks to the Western Connecticut State University community, and local friends in Colchester, the family has raised close to $78,000 in two separate GoFundMe campaigns.
For more information about the vigil you can get in touch with the Dean of Students at the University by calling (203) 837-9700.