Oct. 4 2014 was the one year anniversary of the accident that lead to the tragic loss of one of Steinbrenner’s very own warriors. Frank Vasquez, a senior last year, was involved in a fatal car crash when he was parked in a nearby subdivision and hit by a drunk driver.

“It was a tough year and it still doesn’t seem real that he’s gone,” said senior Ashley Kennedy, the sister of eyewitness and best friend of Vasquez, Zack Kennedy.

To honor his memory, Vasquez’s family and close friends from last year’s graduated class gathered at the crash site. Roughly 50 loved ones were in attendance and formed a circle of prayer to commemorate Vasquez’s memory.

Loved ones gather to commemorate the memory of former Steinbrenner warrior Frank Vasquez. The senior was tragically killed by a drunk driver last October.
Loved ones gather to commemorate the memory of former Steinbrenner warrior Frank Vasquez. The senior was tragically killed by a drunk driver last October.

The prayer was led by Frank’s uncle, Eric Gimpson. Gimpson also made a touching speech in his nephew’s memory.
Eye witnesses of the accident, current Steinbrenner senior Marissa Hibel, and returning graduates Zack Kennedy and Jesse Primer, as well as members of Vasquez’s family lit Chinese lanterns and released them into the sky.

“It’s a nice place to sit, visit and remember him,” said Ashley Kennedy.

The Kennedy and Vasquez families also installed a bench at the crash site that overlooks a neighboring pond. The inscription on the bench reads, “If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home”. As the somber anniversary concluded, friends and family left behind flowers and other offerings at the site before returning home in honor of the .

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