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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Friends and family gathered Thursday night to remember a young man killed New Year’s Day. New Hanover High student Queyshon King died when he hit a truck in Leland.

2011 has been anything but easy for the King family. The family is left heartbroken after a tragic accident claimed the life of their son.

Life will never be the same for Queyshon King’s grandmother Eunice and the rest of the King family.

“He was down to earth and very humble and quiet,” said King. “Had a very pleasing personality and was a very likable person. He was my boy.”

Friends and family are now left remembering the high school senior through pictures and memories. They gathered at New Hanover High School for a candlelight vigil to light the night in honor of Queyshon.

“This brought everyone together,” said Brianna Brinson, who is one of Queyshon’s friends. “We put our differences aside and tried to be there for each other because we’ve all been in school for the longest time and this shows us that not only do we have to graduate for us and our family but we have to do it for him because he was looking forward to us.”

Queyshon’s friends and family walked by candlelight to the Jap Davis Field House in Wilmington, where Queyshon once played as one of New Hanover High’s starting line backers. Surrounding high school students came to the vigil to pay their respects.

“Hanover and Hoggard have been rivals for years but him passing away means this school deserves every championship,” said Hoggard High School student Rachel McMillan. “They deserve it all.”

Queyshon will not get the chance to walk at graduation with the Class of 2011, but his classmates say he will not be forgotten. Queyshon’s family says there was a spark in his spirit that will never cease to shine and they hope that light will bring them through the family tragedy.

“Prayer,” said King. “Love and support from family and friends and God. God is our strength. We could not get through this without him.”

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