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Candlelight vigil held for driver’s education student

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SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Family and friends gather to grieve in Swanton after the fatal crash involving a driver's education student and instructor. The candlelight vigil was held Friday May 2 for Joseph Franks.

The family says they want the 16-year-old to be remembered as the jokester he always was.

"I appreciate you all being here. We're all holding these candles up high for a good friend, and we'll never forget him. Got me?" said a speaker at the vigil.

Friends and family say this life was taken too soon, but will always be remembered.

"I just can't believe he's gone. It's not right to have your kid go before you. He's not my flesh and blood but he was one of my kids. It hurts just as bad."

"Hilarious. It didn't matter how mad or sad you were, if you didn't want to talk to anybody, he'd sit there and mess around with you until you started smiling. You would die laughing. He was an incredible person."

The vigil included many laughs and many tears.

"Thinking about how he was before, outgoing, always a comedian, always joking. That's the way I like to see him. Funny, fun-loving kid," said father Robert Smart.

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