Vigil held for Buchanan studentPublished 10:31pm Tuesday, June 19, 2012
BUCHANAN — Several hundred people filled the Buchanan High School football stadium Tuesday evening to remember Dilan Shearer, a 16-year-old Buchanan student who passed away Sunday in a car accident.
Shearer’s brothers Dalton and Darren were among those present for the candlelight vigil.
Dalton came wearing Dilan’s No. 6 baseball jersey, while Darren donned Dilan’s No. 88 football jersey. Both were donated to the family by the school, in addition to a Buchanan Bucks flag.
Dalton said he was at a loss for words when he saw all the people who came out to remember his younger brother.
“The support has been amazing,” he said. “Ever since the day he passed away, the house has been full of family and friends. It hasn’t been empty.”
Dilan’s aunt, Cyndi Roberts, said the overwhelming community support has helped make dealing with her nephew’s passing at least a little easier.
“You don’t really know how big your family is until something like this happens,” she said.
A.J. Reed, Dilan’s best friend, said Dilan was the funniest person he ever met.
“When he was in the room, there was never a dull moment,” Reed said.
Reed said he always thought Dilan would make a good salesman someday, recalling a time when Dilan boasted he could sell an old tractor Reed had.
“He came back and said, ‘I just sold it for $70 bucks,’” Reed said. “He was always good with money.”
Dilan’s stepbrother, Tyler Baber, said no matter where Dilan went, he always made sure you knew he was there.
“A lot of times, he’d go places and people would just know who he was, even if he didn’t know them,” Baber said. “He had a great personality.”
Perhaps Dilan’s best trait, many friends and family members said, was his ability to make those around him feel better.
“I’ll always remember his smile, and his laugh,” Dalton said. “He had an ability to make everyone smile even if they weren’t in a great mood.”