Sophomore Josh Hamer at the John Carroll School was killed in a car crash in Bel Air Thursday morning.
According to Maryland State Police, Hamer, who's from North East, was a passenger in a Volvo on Route 22 at Route 155. The vehicle was being driven by Mark Peterson, Hamer's great uncle. Peterson was making a left turn into a Royal Farms when it was t-boned by a Ford Explorer.
Police said the Peterson failed to yield.
Hamer, 15, was taken to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center before being flown by chopper to Shock Trauma where he died, police said.
Hamer was a beloved member of the school community whose athleticism showed as a member of the school football and baseball teams.
At a vigil held Thursday evening on the baseball field, attended by hundreds, Hamer's family stood in front of pictures memorializing Hamer in his football and baseball jersey's.
"I didn't think it was real and I don't want it to be real," said CK Oduok, a classmate and friend of Hamer's. Oduok said he found out about Hamer's death while in class Thursday morning.
"I've known him for a long time, since freshman year, and he's always been there for me," Oduok said.
The John Carroll School closed at 1 p.m. Thursday and canceled classes for Friday. Thursday's varsity basketball game has been rescheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.