Dozens Gather to Remember a Young Man on the Anniversary of His Death

November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 12:42 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 12:42 AM EDT

City of Lockport, N.Y. (WKBW) -- A candle light vigil takes place on a small street in the City of Lockport. One year ago, 17 year old Adam Mottorn died on the block on which he lived. He was run over by another teen after an argument broke out over some marijuana. Adam, a high school junior, is described by his friends as good student who got along well with others. Daniel White describes himself as Adam's best friend, "He'd light up the room when he walked in. He was funny...outgoing...I just miss the death out of him."

Friends and relatives gathered in an oversized yard near where adam died. His mother Tammy Mottorn says that it has been a difficult year, "My life hasn't been the same since he passed away....it's never going to be. I still think he's going to come walking through the door and I wish he was still here."

The gathering included pizza and hot chocolate...comfort food to bring comfort to those left behind. "We miss him so much and we just wanted all of his friends and family to have him in their hearts today," his mother said.

Teens gathered around a bonfire keeping warm on a cold night and remembering their good friend. "He's been a friend for everybody...no matter who you were...he was just there to help. If you needed anything you could talk to him...anything...he was just there," explained J.J. Hillman, a close friend of Adam's.

The young man that was driving the car that struck and killed adam, has pleaded guilty to a charge filed after the incident. He is currently awaiting sentencing.