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Bishop Timon High School to hold prayer service for recent graduate who died in a crash

Posted at 11:21 PM, Oct 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 02:35:12-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Bishop Timon High School will hold a prayer service Monday morning for a recent graduate who died in a head-on crash.

New York State Police said 18-year-old Cameron Velasquez of Buffalo died after his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer Friday evening.

Velasquez had plans to come home to Buffalo this weekend and play some hockey with his long-time friend Luke Pukalo, according to Luke's dad, Mark Pukalo.

Pukalo said they were dorm-mates at Alfred State, played hockey in high school together, and just made the Alfred State hockey team.

"[We were] super excited that they made the Alfred State club hockey team...and then this tragedy happened," he said.

Velasquez is a recent graduate of Bishop Timon High School.

"Very polite, he was a gentleman. His mother did a fine job raising him. He was a hard-worker," said Pukalo. "It should not happen. You should not have to bury your own child."

7 Eyewitness News caught up with Velasquez's high school hockey coach over the phone on Sunday, who describes Velasquez as a free-spirit who always had a smile on his face.

"He was part of the glue to the tight-knit group that they had," said David Panek. "He had a goofy side to him with a fun side."

Pukalo set up a GoFundMe page Saturday night to help cover funeral costs.

Bishop Timon High School is hosting a prayer service in the school's gym on Monday at 8 a.m.

Alfred State Hockey also paid tribute to Velasquez on its social media pages.