A second vigil for Cory Barron Thursday evening brought out hundreds to the Fremont Ross High School on North Street.
FREMONT -- A second vigil for Cory Barron Thursday evening brought out hundreds to the Fremont Ross High School on North Street.
The 22-year-old was last seen at a Jason Aldean concert, Last Friday night.
His body was discovered Tuesday afternoon around 1 p.m. at the Lorain County Landfill.
Fremont City Schools Superintendent Traci L. McCaudy expressed her condolences to the family at the vigil and announced grief counseling will be provided for students who needs it Friday and Monday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Those interested in counseling should report to the main office at Fremont Ross High School located at 1100 North St.
Organizers decided to hold a second vigil for community members who were unable to attend the first impromptu event, which was hastily organized hours after news spread Barron had died.
The 8:30 event was held outside on the front lawn of the high school and saw people don purple and white, the school's colors.
The vigil began with remarks from a former Fremont Ross High teacher and coach, Mike Gilbert.
"First you got shock, because when you're watching stuff on TV, you see this stuff all the time. ... There's another horrible thing," Gilbert said. "When I saw Cory Barron, Fremont, Ohio ... I thought 'Oh my gosh, it's finally here.' "
Gilbert's remarks came before a moment of silence, the reading of a poem by a family friend, prayer and comments from the superintendent of the Fremont City Schools, as well as comments from other friends and community members.
The candle-light vigil ended with the singing of "Amazing Grace" and the lighting of candles.
Cory was a football player for his high school and friends say an avid sports fan. He graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 2010 and recently earned his degree in communications from Bowling Green State University. His best friend, Eric Kingsborough, said anyone who knew him knew he loved Cleveland Sports teams.
"I almost though he was gonna pee himself when we drafted Johnny Manziel and I thought he was gonna cry a river when LeBron came back," he said.
Mike Dukeshire, the organizer of the Thursday event and a close family friend, says Cory embodied the school mascot and was really a "Little Giant."
"Cory was a true Little Giant. Cory would help anybody," Dukeshire said. "Cory laughed with the best of us. He cried with the best of us. ... Whenever we needed Cory for anything, Cory was there."
Dukeshire said donations are being accepted for funeral expenses and to help the Barron family through a tough time. The Cory Barron Memorial Fund has been set up at Croghan Colonial Bank.
Friends say the hash tag #helpfindcory has now been turned into #liveforcory as friends and family continue Barron's memory.