Family, Friends Remember Dublin Teen Killed In Car Crash


UPDATED: Sunday August 4, 2013 11:57 PM

Dublin Police continue to investigate a single-car crash that killed 2013 Dublin Jerome High school student Stephen Romanelli.

Today, dozens of friends gathered at the tree on Muirfield Drive where police say Romanelli crashed his car just before 1 a.m.

Colin Seely says he was one of Romanelli’s best friends and saw him the night of the crash at a friend's home.

“I ran into Stephen last night I gave him a big hug and said I love you man just like I always do then I got home and got a pretty sad phone call,“ said Seely.

It's not clear how the crash happened.

At the base of the tree is a growing memorial for the 18-year-old. Friends brought flowers, signs, a baseball bat and ball in honor of Romanelli.

For some, the loss brought them to their knees.

Renick Randall went to school with Romanelli.

“He was very smart great smile he made me laugh all the time,” said Randall.

Romanelli played varsity football and baseball at Dublin Jerome and was an honor student.

His baseball coach called him the ultimate teammate.

“He always knew what to say and picked everybody up," said varsity baseball coach Chris Huesman.

And for that, his coach says he deserves the ultimate compliment for a player.

“No one will wear #19 again,” said Huesman.  Romanelli’s jersey will be retired.

As for those who knew Stephen Romanelli, they said his death took from them more than a friend, but someone they looked up to.

“Always put others before himself, just an incredible kid," said Seely.

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