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Jun 28, 2011 2:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quiogue Teen Mourned, Remembered At Candlelight Vigil

Jun 29, 2011 8:49 AM

“He made everyone feel so good about themselves,” she said. “He made everything fun.”

Krissy said that, after someone called her with news about the accident, she had the unenviable task of calling Cameron’s parents and telling them that their son was involved in the accident. They did not attend Monday’s vigil, according to the girls.

“I said, ‘Your son has been in an accident,’” Krissy recalled, gaining her composure. “Talia said, ‘Cameron’s dead,’ but I thought she was overreacting,” she said, tears streaming down her face.

Many of the friends who stood before the fountain in the Village Green on Monday evening could be seen fighting back tears while others were holding photographs of Cameron. Some of the pictures showed Cameron sporting shaggy hair and wearing skinny jeans; others featured him with friends at the high school. Several photographs were of Cameron and Talia together.

Maxine Murray, 17, another friend of Cameron who will be a senior in September, said she learned about his death after waking up on Monday morning.

“I am so surprised at the turnout,” said Maxine, noting that she personally text-messaged the location and time of the vigil to about 40 of her friends who, in turn, forwarded the information to their friends. “It’s actually really amazing,” she added, pointing to the many people who shared their stories of Cameron.

Notably absent from Monday’s candlelight vigil was the driver of the car involved in the fatal accident. As of earlier this week, Taylor, who had just completed his junior year at the high school, was still hospitalized at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, according to police.

Those attending the vigil said that Cameron and Taylor weren’t the closest of friends, and said they did not know where they were coming from or heading to at the time of the fatal accident. Still, they said they were not surprised that Cameron would accept a ride from a friend.

According to Maxine, many of her classmates have no plans to visit Taylor, either in the hospital or after he is released. “A lot of people are saying we’re not allowed to visit him,” Maxine said, adding that she was a pretty close friend of Taylor. “Some are mad, some understand that it could be anyone.”

She described Taylor as someone known by everyone, explaining that he always had a smile on his face.

“I hope that he’ll come back next year,” Maxine said before stopping short as a line of candle-bearing teenagers made their way to the fountain to share their thoughts about their lost classmate.

Some shared inside jokes while others held shirts and sweatshirts that Cameron had given them. Others simply lamented the loss of a friend they would never see again.

“He was like that kid who you saw and you said, ‘Oh, now the party’s really going to get started,’” said Gina Reichert, 17, of East Quogue. “If you were down, he’d bring you up.”

Gina recalled when the two recently went to see the movie “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” and her tanned friend danced around the movie theater during the showing.

“He was full of energy,” she said. “We all saw him as invincible—as indestructible. To see him gone you realize that it could happen to anyone.”

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Cameron was not at the graduation ceremony because he was no longer a student of WHB. The Superintendent declined to comment because its no ones
business why.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jun 29, 11 5:31 PM
The confusion stemmed from the fact that he was in the program. I don't think anyone was trying to be intrusive they were just commenting on the original story. I haven't seen where anyone cares why, they just care that yet another young person died in a senseless accident.
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 11 8:56 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends.
I have been a firefighter and EMT in the Hamptons for over 15 years now and this never gets any easier. Please Do Not take my following question as rude or diss respectfull but rather as a much needed wake up.
Let me ask you all this question.
Every year around this time those of us in the Emergency Field see this type of tragedy repeat itself. Some young, full of life, loved member of our community gets hurt or even worse killed ...more
By MACK (50), Southampton on Jun 30, 11 8:17 AM
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I was thinking about this when I read (perhaps in another paper?) that there was an EQ boy & his WH friend were stopped and charged with possession of alcohol, among other things. They must have known or at least heard of this horrible accident. Yet, a few days later it didn't stop them from driving around drinking. Kids just never think it will be them. It's heartbreaking.
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on Jul 2, 11 9:06 AM
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