Friends and family remember Ricky McAllister

By Tim Guidera - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah's first fatality of 2010 is still on the minds of so many people six months later.

The friends and family of Ricky McAllister, a 15-year-old who was killed in a single car accident on January 1, don't want him to be forgotten.

In a candlelight vigil at the site of his accident Wednesday night, loved ones gathered to share happy memories of Ricky. They spent the better part of an hour telling stories, laughing even singing the fight song for Benedictine, where Ricky was a freshman on the lacrosse team.

It was a reminder of what they all lost early on New Year's morning, but also of the full life Ricky lived.

"He knew everybody,'' said Ricky's friend Jack Autry. "That's the kind of kid he was. He was popular, he knew everybody, he was friends with everybody. So, this is a great turnout.''

"I was happy to see that everybody was not crying,'' Nicholas Barnhill, who knew Rocky since they were both young children, added of the vigil. "Everybody was having a good time. It just brings back so many good memories.''

The site of the accident where last night's vigil was held is just a few hundred yards from the McAllister's home on Wilmington Island Road.

Friends and family are now trying to have part of that site turned into a memorial garden in Ricky's honor.

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