Friends Pay On-Line Tributes To Fallen Football Player

By: Katherine Cook
By: Katherine Cook

It's been an emotional weekend for friends of 17-year old Fermin Vialpando, the widely loved Harrison High School football player who collapsed and died during the school's homecoming game Friday night.
"It just hit us like a ton of bricks," said Alex Spellman, Fermin's friend and baseball teammate.
Like throngs of others, Spellman left the game and went straight home to his computer.
"Just how big Myspace is, I immediately went on there and put on a little bulletin asking for prayers for his family," said Spellman.
On other Myspace sites, Fermin's friends wrote messages including "I won't ever let you go" and "rest in peace." For many teens, it's a modern day coping mechanism. For Spellman, it's just another way to remember the friend who once gave him the shirt off his back.
"He gave it to me at practice last year when I forgot mine," said Spellman. "I forget to give it back, so this is going to be my keepsake of him."
A tangible keepsake, but no more valuable than simple memories of Fermin, now on display for the whole world to see.

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