Vigil held for four killed in fiery Englewood crash

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 06:30:53-04

Hundreds of loved ones gathered at the site of a fiery crash in Englewood to honor the four young men who were killed.

Investigators say Austin Hirschy, Keith Williams, Dustin Strong, and Billy Solomon were killed in the crash.  It happened at Sunnybrook Boulevard and Rosemont Drive. Detectives say their car ran a stop sign, and hit another car before bursting into flames.

"Dustin was one of the safest driver's I've ever known," Andrew Dennison, a close friend, said. "It's unlike Dustin to try to blow a stop sign."

At Monday night's vigil, hundreds of friends and family members gathered to remember the young men. A growing memorial is at the site of the crash, with crosses with each of their names, signs, photos, and flowers.

"Every one of them will live through us," close friend Andrew Brandt said.

"Not to mention it wasn't one of my friends, it was all of my friends," Dennison said.

Loved ones remembered what they loved about each man so much.

"If he told you one day he wants this, he's going work hard, and a few weeks later, a month later, he has it," Kevin Roe, another close friend, said about Hirschy.

"He's a dad, a great guy, a real big heart," Brandt said about Williams.

"Dustin always cared about his kid. His kid always came first," Dennison said about Strong.

"A small man with the biggest heart I could even imagine," Roe said about Solomon.

White balloons were released into the sky in their honor, and a flag was signed by loved ones with messages of remembrance. 

"They're flying high, and at least now I know I've got a couple angels on top looking down on me," Dennison said.

There will be a celebration of life for the young men at Lemon Bay High School on Saturday from 3-5PM. Saturday would have been Hirschy's 22nd birthday.