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Hundreds attend vigil to remember Gil Collar

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

Friends and family of 18-year-old Gil Collar gathered outside Wetumpka High school for a vigil in his memory. Collar was the teenager shot over the weekend by campus police at the University of South Alabama.

Wetumpka High School Wrestling Coach Jeff Glass helped to organize the vigil to remember Collar.  Collar was on the wrestling team at the school, and his teammates shared fond memories of him.

"He was everyone's role model," said Mike Mathis, a teammate.  "We all appreciated him, adored him.  we all wanted to be like Gil, our dads wanted to be like Gil."

So despite the tears, the night was a celebration.  Those who knew Collar remembered him in a unique why: rubber ducks.

"Gil's favorite animal was the duck," said Landon Bertarelli.  "And he had a shirt with a duck on it, he wore it before every match.  After every match.  And he wore it to school probably three days out of the week."

His friends and family threw ducks into the high school pond, in a final salute to the young man they loved so much.

Collar's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

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