By Julie Bergschneider
For the Star-Gazette
The Arenzville community gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil at Triopia High School to celebrate the lives of Peyton, 17, and Zoe O’Neil, 15. The two youths were killed in a car accident August 17.
St. Alexius and St. Fidelis Church’s Father Chris Brey opened the service and asked those present to light the candles they had brought. All present were asked to “Let the light of their smiles, shine through you in all you do.” Peyton and Zoe’s golf coach, Jeff Bennett, and their teachers, including aide Sharon Morris, former teacher Dianna Hart and coach Dean Werries shared memories and stories of Peyton and Zoe’s lives. Mourners viewed a 13-minute video presentation with photographs of the siblings as they grew up. The local fire department raised an American flag on the school grounds.
Audience members were asked to share their memories with Peyton and Zoe’s parents privately. The parents thanked the community for its support. The Triopia-Meredosia-Virginia golf team concluded the vigil by teeing off into the darkness in memory of their teammates.