Vigil held for teen killed while on his way to school

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis family is mourning the loss of another young teenager killed in an accident.  Thursday morning, 15-year old Damon Gilmore was struck and killed by a driver with a suspended license.

It happened at 5:30 am as the high school freshman was crossing Union Blvd. at Cote Brilliante on his way to catch a bus to school.

Saturday night relatives and friends gathered at the accident scene to light candles and pray.  They stood in the wind shielding flickering candles and shedding tears.

One man offered a prayer: "God, You are our hope.  We ask, we pray; we need you."

Others exchanged memories of the youth who left behind his mother, two sisters and a younger brother.

"He's an all-around good kid," said his aunt Jacqulyn Gilmore. "He loved school.  All he wanted to do was graduate," she added.

Damon attended Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, a St. Louis City public high school, and he dreamed of becoming a chef.   "He loved to cook," said his aunt, her voice breaking with emotion as she remembered his efforts on Thanksgiving.

At one point, the crowd released helium balloons dedicated to the teenager.  A family friend pointed out Damon had been baptized and "accepted God in his life at an early age."  Relatives asked the public to pray for the family and particularly for Damon Gilmore's mother.


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