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Hundreds attend vigil for soldier killed in traffic wreck

August 27, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — About 200 people came together Sunday evening on the football field at Mohave High School to participate in a candlelight vigil for U.S. Army Spc. Lyric Young, 22, who died in a vehicle accident Aug. 18 near Gallup, N.M..

The wind made it difficult to keep candles going, so people were asked to bring out their mobile phones and use those as torches if necessary. People held their candles — and phones — high in the air in honor of Young.

Many tears were shed as a loudspeaker played Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

“My son touched so many people, so many lives, so many hearts,” said Yvette Mendez, Young’s mother. “Everything he did, he did with heart.”

Her children and grandchildren, she said, “are everything.”

“He was the best friend I ever had. He taught me to wrestle, he taught me how to get girls,” said Nick Sorensen. “I’m going to miss him. His goofy smile and his laugh ... How it could make everybody laugh and smile like him.”

Sorensen also made a video devoted to Young’s life. The large group of people huddled around a computer screen to see the video of the cute baby, child and, ultimately, handsome young man.

“Even though we didn’t know him, he’s one of our sons,” said Cindy Frizelle of Tri-State Military Moms Inc.

Young had spent two weeks in the Tri-State visiting loved ones and was returning to Fort Drum, N.Y., when the accident occurred.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dimond and Sons Silver Bell Chapel, 2620 Silver Creek Road, in Bullhead City. Young’s funeral service will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1691 Oatman Road in Bullhead City. Burial will follow at Desert Lawn Funeral Home, 9250 S. Ranchero Lane, Mohave Valley. There will be a reception at about 2 p.m. at the Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce, 1251 Highway 95.

There is a GoFundMe page for people to help pay for Young’s funeral. Go to www.gofundme.com/lyric-young

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