Neighbors Remember Dalton Hinkle at Candlelight Vigil

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

CHURCHVILLE, Va.-- Nearly 30 neighbors in Churchville participated in a candlelight vigil for Dalton Hinkle. A 19-year-old man who died on Friday at a rehabilitation center in Richmond.

Hinkle was recovering after a car crash in March. His family said the last few days he was getting better.

Family friend Mandy Daniel said it was very unexpected for everyone.

"This is a very tragic ending to what we thought he was going to come out of," said Daniel.

Neighbors in Churchville remembered Hinkle with prayers and poems. They also hugged and offered words of support for the Hinkle family.

"We all went to school together, our kids went to school together, so we are family," said Daniel.

One of Dalton's friends, Courtney Woods said the community stood together during his recovery, holding fundraisers to help pay for medical bills. She said it will also stand together to keep his memory alive.

"He was the normal dirt road boy, liked his trucks, liked the back roads," said Woods. " He is one that does not like to show emotion, but very caring and you can tell that."

Daniel said you can also tell the community in Churchville will never forget him.

"It takes a village to raise a child and I really believe that and I see it happening here, said Daniel.

During the candlelight vigil, family friends were raising money for funeral expenses, at a time they should have been buying him gifts. Dalton would have turned 20 on Thursday.


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