Vigil Held For Teenager Killed In Car Accident

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A community came together to grieve and honor a Murfreesboro teenager who was killed in a car accident over the weekend.

More than 100 people met along Memorial Boulevard, where Will Divilbiss, 17, was killed Saturday night.

His family and friends lit candles and comforted each other. A makeshift memorial was created around the tree where Divilbiss died.

“He was my buddy.  We were real tight,” said Caleb White, one of Will’s friends. “It was important for us to come out here.”

The Siegel High School student was remembered for his laid back and fun loving personality.  He moved to Murfreesboro three years ago, and quickly made friends. He was a member of the Murfreesboro Mayhem Lacrosse Club, and loved his Ford Mustang.

“So many people have reached out and showed how much they loved Will, and how much he meant to them,” said Nichole Divilbiss, Will’s sister.

Murfreesboro police said Divilbiss was driving his 2006 Ford Mustang on Memorial Boulevard when the vehicle left the roadway, hit a utility pole and a tree. 

Karel Divilbiss said police told her Will may have been driving over 100 miles per hour when he lost control of his car.

“I believed it, because he was going fast. That was Will. Always going fast,” said Karel Divilbiss. “It hasn’t sunk in.”

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Fatal Accident Crash Team, however drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors.

Many of his classmates at the vigil were still visibly emotional as they processed the news.

A spokesperson for Rutherford County Schools said extra grief counselors were on hand at Siegel High School Monday to help students.

A memorial page has been set up on Facebook by the Divilbiss family so people can share their memories.

People can also pay their respects at a memorial service Saturday, December 9 at 5 p.m. at the Cedar Crest Golf Course.

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