Candlelight Vigil Held In Student’s Honor


Students experienced a tragic loss on Nov. 5 with the death of senior Tom Karlin. Karlin was active in NHS, BPA, FMP, On-the-Job Training, Tennis, Cross Country, Bowling and Football.

On Nov. 8, students assembled for a candlelight vigil in memory of Karlin. Students, faculty and community members came together to honor Karlin. Over 500 people were present. They were invited to write thoughts and memories about Karlin on a construction paper banner to be given to Karlin’s family. Later, those who came lit candles when the gym’s lights were turned off.

Lucas Sylvester, one of Tom’s closest friends, set up the vigil and gathering.

“I know I’m the one setting all of this up, but they’re all the ones coming,” Sylvester said about the supportive community.

Others lamented his passing.

“I feel sad for the family. We lost a great kid. Who knows what he could’ve done or where he could’ve gone,” Dr. Charles McLean said of the recent passing.

“It’s a very sad situation. I know we all wish we weren’t here, but what a great support from the West community,” Susan Eck, family friend of the Karlin’s, said.

“It’s devastating and sad, but we’re all hopeful and getting through it together,” Abbey Johnston, senior, said.

The funeral will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Nov. 9 at 10 A.M.

Words and photos: Andy Gottschalk, Dylan Crow