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Candles lit to honor Cosby High student who lost life in car wreck

Tyler Patnaude Tyler Patnaude

Countless friends and loved ones are remembering a Cosby High School senior, who lost his life on Friday.

Tyler Patnaude was killed in a car wreck in Chesterfield. He was the only one in the car who didn't survive.

Sunday, more than 100 people lit candles to honor the Tyler's memory. The Midlothian Woodlake Pavilion was crowded with students and loved ones wearing red and shedding tears.

Tyler couldn't wait to attend the New Mexico Military Institute next year. Red is the school's color. Tyler's mother Yvonne says her son already ordered his sweatshirt.

"He was so proud. He put his name on the back (of the sweatshirt)," said Yvonne.

Tyler will never get the chance to attend his dream school. His family is trying to find peace, as they comprehend the loss of such a kindhearted link to their family.

"He would come up to me and say, ‘Mom, give me a hug,'" remembered Yvonne.

Tyler's family says he led a short, but full life. His main joy was sailing.

"He loved to sail. And the water is where he loved to be," continued Yvonne.

Tyler was a strong competitor, and instructor. However, he was better known as a loving friend, to most everyone.

"I can't imagine my life without him, right now," said Chandler Bolin, one of Tyler's closest friends.

"Huge heart... Even the people that nobody really talked to in school, (Tyler) was the first one to go up to them with a huge smile and wanted to be friends with everybody," added another friend, Alec Gendron.

"He was always so grateful. He would always say thank you. He appreciated everything. He was a giver," described Yvonne.

Now, Tyler will give with his legacy, living life to the fullest at every moment.

"He sailed as much as he could. That's all he ever wanted to do, was be out on the water," continued Alec.

"He's at peace, and that gives us peace and hope," said Yvonne, standing with Tyler's father and sister.

"We just ask God to be with us through these days, to get through this," said Chandler, emotionally.

Students at Cosby High School are planning to wear red Monday to school, to honor Tyler's memory.

Tyler's memorial service will be this Tuesday at 3 p.m., at the Clover Hill Assembly of God Church in Chesterfield.

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