Bedford Red Out: Schools comes together to honor life lost

Colton Durbin

One day after a Bedford High School football player succumbed to injuries from a car crash, the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan community is doing their part to honor the life lost.

Colton Durbin, 17, was taken off life support Thursday after being involved in a traffic crash in Bedford Township Wednesday morning. The Bedford Kicking Mules varsity football player was driving along Samaria Road when his vehicle rear-ended a garbage truck stopped in the road. Durbin was transported to a Toledo hospital where he underwent a number of surgeries to repair internal damage caused by the crash.

Immediately following news of Durbin's passing, students and community members across the area took to social media to offer their condolences and tributes. Whitmer High School tweeted that they would honor Dubrin by holding a "Red Out" in his honor during Friday night's Panthers football game.

The Bedford Kicking Mules wear red in their athletic uniforms. On Friday, Bedford High School said they have been contact by several schools that say they will honor Durbin during the school day and at their Friday night football games by wearing Bedford Red.

Schools that have pledged to wear Bedford Red include Whitmer, Whiteford, SMCC, Monroe, Ann Arbor Huron, Saline, Lake, Dundee, Walled Lake, Blissfield, Ida, St. Francis, Toledo Central Catholic, Clay, and Perrysburg, according to Bedford Athletic Director Mark German.

On Thursday evening, with all district activities cancelled, the Bedford football stadium was packed with students, teachers, football players and staff for a candlelight vigil to honor Durbin. People who came out were given candles that lit the entire stadium, and, at one point, a small group in the crowd recited a Hail Mary.

Dubrin's teammates will take to the field at Monroe Jefferson High School Friday night.