Candlelight vigil held for Mayfield teen William Drake

Karen Tararache
Updated: July 10, 2020 12:29 PM
Created: July 09, 2020 11:17 PM

MAYFIELD - "I go back and forth with names because some of us call him William, some of us call him Billy, some of us call him Bill.  He's also 'Wild Bill,' he loved to ride his bike," Mary Walker said.

Sixteen year old William Drake was headed fishing with friends on July fourth with plans to watch fireworks with family after when a car clipped the front wheel of his bicycle on Route 30 and sent him crashing, only to be hit by another car.


"About an hour before the accident happened, he told his mom, she was stressed about something and he told her, I love you mom, we're going to make it through this," Walker said.

Thursday night, a large gathering of loved ones met at his favorite lake to remember and celebrate the life of the thoughtful and loyal young man who always had a smile on his face.

Basketball coach Bill Abdella's son was close friends with William.

"It's been a real hard lesson really early in life that I wish they all didn't get to have but compared to what Billy's mom and family are going through, obviously it pales in comparison," Abdella said.

"It's a devastating loss for not only the family but everyone he ever touched, anyone that Bill was ever around will never forget him because his smile was infectious," Walker said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of William Drake.

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