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Students Remember And Support Byron Markle

The weekend started off tragically as Penn State student Byron Markle passed away in a car accident Friday afternoon on North Atherton Street. The car he was a passenger in overturned coming off of Blue Course Drive. Markle, 20, was a Professional Golf Management major.

In light of the tragedy, Penn State students and peers gathered to remember Markle’s name and honor his legacy. Students came together last night at the site of the crash to host a candlelit vigil. More than 100 of Markle’s peers from Penn State and his hometown gathered, many dressed in white, to remember their peer. According to The Daily Collegian, a number of attendees smoked cigarettes before the vigil started in Markle’s memory.

Markle’s friends also set up two GoFundMe pages to help his family during this difficult time. The first GoFundMe was set up to help Markle’s family cover the funeral cost. At time of publication, the page has raised $6,190 of its $1,500 goal and has been shared more than 775 times on Facebook. Here’s the description from the page:

As you know, Byron Markle passed away yesterday. It’s never easy losing someone so young and with such great talent. You were such a great man, with great dreams and big ambitions, we will never know why your life was cut so short but the only thing we can do is think about how many people you impacted. I started this page to help his mother pay for the funeral cost, a little bit goes a long way, so don’t hesitate to donate.

The second GoFundMe page has already raised $4,100 of its $20,000 goal, which will go toward Markle’s family as they deal with their loss — emotionally and financially. The post reads:

Unfortunately some lives are cut way too short. Everybody that knew Byron, knew he was always genuine, loving, and cared about everyone he met. He was not only a friend, but family to everyone. Please consider donating to support the family financially as they get through this difficult time. As Byrons friends from both York and Penn State, we hope to relieve some stress from his family by extending a helping hand. We want to honor the life and legacy he left on all those who loved and will always miss him. Rest in peace By.

Our thoughts are with Markle’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.

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