Vigil Held To Remember Life Of Sean Ruffin, 19-Year-Old Killed In Crash On MD 295

A beloved former Patapsco High School football player is being remembered after he was killed in a car crash earlier this week. A vigil was held Thursday for 19-year-old Sean Ruffin.

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- And tonight, a beloved former Patapsco High School football player being remembered after he was killed in a car crash earlier this week. WJZ live at Jimmy's Famous Seafood tonight where the young man work. Amy Kawata spoke with his friends and former classmates who say he touched everyone who knew him. Amy?

AMY KAWATA: Rick, well, friends, family, and loved ones tell me that the 19-year-old Sean Ruffin really touched everyone's life like you said. He lit up the room whenever he walked in and really just made an impact on every single person they say that he came in contact with. And tonight, they made sure his legacy stays alive.

[CROWD CHEERING]

Red balloons filled the parking lot of Gray Matter Park.

- Sean Ruffin is an absolute beacon of light.

- --as former Patapsco High School classmates, friends and loved ones gather to remember 19-year-old Sean Ruffin.

- He had a good spirit. He always made everybody smile, everybody happy, everybody laugh.

- Just-- I'm just going to miss him, the energy. He gave off good energy, a positive energy.

- Early Tuesday morning, state police say Ruffin was sitting in the passenger seat of a Toyota Camry driving north on Route 295 in Linthicum when the driver lost control and hit a tree. Ruffin was pronounced dead at the scene.

- Gut wrenching.

- I don't want to believe it. I'm struggling a lot.

- Police say the 19-year-old driver was taken to shock trauma and were told he is OK. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

- Ruffin was the captain for both the JV and varsity football program.

- That kid never came into school without a smile on his face, to practice without a pep on his staff.

- He sported the number 13 on the football field and graduated last spring with the class of 2020.

- We knew Sean Ruffin was going to make something of himself, that he was going to do something different.

- Off the field, he worked at Jimmy's Famous Seafood. His boss says he had an incredible work ethic that set him up for a bright future ahead.

- Such a hard worker, and so pleasant, and so full of personality.

- His friends say he was a light to everyone that crossed his path, and he will be missed.

- If you didn't meet him, I wish you did meet him. He is a really great kid.

AMY KAWATA: And on a Sunday, a Memorial will be held for Sean Ruffin here at Jimmy's Famous Seafood in Dundalk from three to six at night. The restaurant owner also tells me they will be renaming the employee of the month award after him. Live in Dundalk tonight, I'm Amy Kawata for WJZ.