Community remembers SHS student, Tripp Rabon: "He never denied a friendship to anybody"

VIDEO: Community remembers SHS student, Tripp Rabon: "He never denied a friendship to anybody"

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The stands at the Summerville High School football stadium were full as the community came together for a candlelight vigil for a student. Glenn Rabon, known as Tripp, was a student-athlete killed in a car crash Wednesday morning while heading on duck hunting trip with friends.

His friends say he had smile that you couldn't miss.

"He was just an awesome guy to know, everybody knew him he smiled all the time," says a friend, Nathan Eisele. "You knew if you were having a bad day Tripp was the one that made your day."

His kindness and compassion left a mark on those around him.

"He was a really great guy, and he was always so good to everyone he met," says a friend of Tripp's girlfriend, Caroline McWhorter.

The stands were lit with candles held by those closest to Tripp and also those that didn't know him personally, but felt his impact from just having crossed paths at school.

"He was friendly to everyone, you know he never denied a friendship, to anybody," says Eisele.

A friend of Tripp, Kyle Smith says he always helped others in need. Smith began playing sports with Tripp  when they were around the age of 8. He says his favorite memory was when Tripp went after the foul balls on game days from the sidelines.

"He'd sprint as fast as he can out of the dugout," says Smith. "Right before he would get to the ball he'd slide and he'd get back up and he'd sprint right back. As soon as he got back to the dugout we would just start going crazy because we just loved him so much. That was his thing to do."

Students gathered on the field and sang a song in his memory. The stands soon became empty as everyone shifted to the field and surrounded his family in prayer.

"No matter the circumstance he was always finding some reason to dance or be goofy or put a smile on your face, he was so one of kind," says a friend of Tripp's girlfriend, Maddi Bertauski.

"His parents are awesome, got to know them when I was younger they raised a great young man," says Smith.

"I'll always remember him and he'll stay in my heart forever," says Eisele.

The Rabon family has set-up a memorial scholarship in Tripp's honor. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the fund here:

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