Hundreds Turn Out to Remember High School Senior

By Gina Ford

October 28, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 9:43 PM CDT

Hundreds of classmates and friends of an Illini Bluffs High School senior gathered for a candle light vigil, Thursday night, in his honor.

Students and friends somberly held candles as they stood on the high school soccer field sharing memories of 18-year-old Tyler Knowles.

Knowles died in a single car accident Wednesday night, on east-bound I-474 near the airport road exit.

Friends say he will be missed.

"He was a great guy- I mean- he was one of those guys, no matter how bad of a day he was having, he could pick anybody up. He put me in the best moods all the time, no matter what happened," said long-time friend, Nathan Fuller.

"He was always over at the house. I remember him being this tall," said Fuller's cousin, Jolene Hirstein, as she gestured with her hand. "Running around, leaving me notes in my room when I get home from hanging out with friends-or whatever- I'd have a note on my little bulletin board, 'Tyler was here.'"

The high school principal said extra grief counselors were brought in Thursday to help students cope with the tragedy.

Knowles was the passenger in the vehicle driven by 16-year-old Dallas Hunter.

Hunter was taken to an area hospital. Still no word on his condition.

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