Candlelight vigil held for Bedford football player killed in car accident

Colton Durbin

The Bedford school community is mourning the loss of one of their students.

Colton Durbin was taken off life support Thursday after being seriously injured in a car accident Wednesday.

The Bedford football stadium was packed with students, teachers, fellow football players and staff at a candlelight vigil Thursday night. It was a tough moment for the entire Bedford school community as everyone came together to remember the life of the 17-year-old.

People who came out were given candles that lit the entire stadium. Most of the vigil was quiet. At one point, a small group in the crowd recited a Hail Mary.

Durbin's teammates rang a bell in his honor three times. It was an emotional display while Durbin's teammates and family were on the field for the vigil.

Towards the end of the event, lanterns were lit and floated into the sky.

On Wednesday morning, the Bedford Kicking Mules varsity football player was driving on Samaria Road in Bedford Township when his vehicle rear-ended a garbage truck stopped on the road. Durbin was taken to a Toledo hospital. The varsity football player was taken off life support Thursday morning.

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The Kicking Mules will play Friday night against Monroe Jefferson. School leaders say although everyone is numb, it's important to press forward towards some kind of normalcy. Several schools will pay their respects by holding a "red out" for their games.