Candlelight vigil held for friend; Gunshot killed teenager last year.
CHARLTON - More than 100 of Jeremy D. Carroll's friends and admirers attended a candlelight vigil in his memory last night on Potter Village Road.
Among those holding candles was Mr. Carroll's mother, Robin Carroll.
"It's very comforting," she said as tears filled her eyes. "It's really overwhelming. It's amazing to see he had such an impact on these kids. Seeing the kids all get together a year later means a great deal to us."
Mr. Carroll, who was a senior at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, was last seen alive at 2:50 p.m. March 13, 2007, in the driveway at the Clark Road home of Kevin Vigeant, a friend. His body was found 15 days later in the woods near Potter Village Road near where last night's vigil was held.
Mark C. Vigeant, 45, of 1 Clark Road, the father of Kevin Vigeant, has been charged with the improper storage of a rifle/shotgun near a minor.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge May 24, in Dudley District Court. Police say the firearm - a Ruger Rifle 10-22 automatic Bearcat - was taken from the home. The firearm is believed to have been used by Mr. Carroll to take his life.
Jordan Holm,19, a member of Mr. Carroll's graduating class who attends Worcester State, said the youths gathered not to mourn but to remember a friend who many said was one of funniest people they knew.
Leandra Carey of Dudley and Amber Day of Charlton were the organizers of the event for their friend and classmate.
"We miss him," Ms. Carey said, adding the candlelight vigil that was scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m. would also include prayers. "He was an incredible kid."
"We just had to have something like this," Ms. Carey said.
"He was the sweetest kid you would ever meet," said Allison Androlewicz, 18, who said she spent a lot of time with her classmate. "He was hilarious. He was always cracking me up."
Ms. Day said Mr. Carroll was her neighbor.
"He would do anything for you," she said. "He had the most amazing blue eyes you've ever seen."
Nick Savoie, 18, of Charlton said he was one of Mr. Carroll's best friends. He said they played football together for the town's Pop Warner football team; he was quarterback and Mr. Carroll was a guard. They also used to snowboard together at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, Mr. Savoie said.
"Oh yeah, of course, I miss him. Mr. Savoie said "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him."
"Every time I see Nick I think of Jeremy," Ms. Holm said.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Mar 16, 2008|
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