Hundreds honor Scottsdale teen killed in crash

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Close to 300 people lit candles in Scottsdale Wednesday night in honor of a teen who was killed in a crash on Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff Saturday .

Friends and family tell ABC15 that 17-year-old Billy Waldo, a Saguaro High School senior, had traveled to Flagstaff to watch Saguaro take on Cactus in the Division III high school football championship game at Northern Arizona University.

Billy Waldo cheered on his football team, helping them win the championship, only to lose his life after that game.

It's one of those situations where you realize you never know which day could be your last.

The students at Saguaro said they don't want to believe this has happened.

They said they look around everyday and expect the teen to still be here.

On Wednesday night, there were tears and hugs of support.

There were also smiles and, surprisingly, lots and lots of laughter as one friend after another told stories about a teen they call a best friend, a class clown and a whiz kid.

Friends said Billy lived life hard and fast, but they also called him a great friend and someone who will stick in your heart forever.

"He was one of the best friends you could ask for," says Billy's friend, Woody Johnston. "If you needed help with anything, he was always there to talk to."

Another friend of Billy's said, "I can't say enough what an amazing kid he was. I just want the world to know that you couldn't meet a nicer kid. It's just not possible."

Meantime, these students are also supporting 17-year-old Parker Shanks.

Shanks was driving the SUV Billy was thrown from on the way home from the game. He is still recovering from his injuries.

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