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Video: Metea Students Gather for Devin Meadows Memorial

Hundreds of classmates dressed in white came together at Faith Lutheran Church in Aurora to show support for Metea Valley High School sophomore Devin Meadows Wednesday.

Line after line of students dressed in white filed in to Faith Lutheran Church in Aurora Wednesday to pay their respects to fellow classmate and, more importantly, their friend, Devin Meadows.

Earlier: Metea Valley Sophomore Killed After Car Crashes into Aurora Home

Even if they never got the chance to meet Meadows, a Metea Valley High School sophomore who died in a car crash Tuesday, they still came together to show their support. 

"I can relate because one of my best friends passed away six years ago and it was a really hard experience. The silence in school yesterday was just really loud. It was just so eerie," said Metea Valley senior Lexi Ross. "He made a big impact on everybody."

Since the accident, students have been sharing memories about Meadows on Twitter using the hashtag #RememberDevin. 

After the vigil on Wednesday, students were still sending out condolences late into the night through the social network.

"Metea students are some of the strongest people I know. it's crazy how one person can bring so many people together. #DM30#RememberDevin," one student tweeted.

The Sentinel October 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Anyone know whether charges have been filed against the driver...yet? Thanks.
James Watt October 28, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I have no sympathies for 15 year old boys that steal a car at 2:00 am in the morning, endanger other drivers' lives and then, because of truly excessive speed, jump a berm and slam into a residence on the other side, destroying a brick wall. It is too bad this kid died, but other kids and the media should learn from it and not fawn over him and try to portray him as a 'saint'. This kid agreed, along with his friends to act like a little hoodlum in too many ways to fully recount here and paid the price. Tough luck. In the end he was a stupid and now dead teenager and 10 years from now, few will remember him.
NaperMom October 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM
James Watt, as an owner of an Art Studio in Naperville (childrensart.net), I am taken back by your lack of sympathy for the loss of a child's life. God help the kids that come under your care.
James Watt October 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
To Napermom: apparently you condone stealing a parent's car and applaud all four boys for agreeing it is a good thing to drive without a license at incredibly high rates of speed, endangering people's lives, losing control jumping a berm driving through BACKYARDS to finally come to rest by destroying the FRONT WALL of someone's house. Apparently, to you, it doesn't matter about the people inside the house or any innocent people that might have been in any vehicles on the streets. All that matters is the propagation and proliferation illogical, immature, maudlin teenage sentimentality. These boys were WRONG and paid the price. No one should applaud them. It is just this type of easy-going, politically correct nonsense that applauds stupidity and evil as mere 'alternate ways of doing things' that people 'who think they think' try to fob off on others as legitimate intellectual commentary. It is a main reason why American society is so screwed up....there is a vast sea of supposedly adult people who are incapable of making and verbalizing realistic assessments of what constitutes immoral and willfully dangerous behavior.
ashley October 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
That is a sick comment you have made! We all have done foolish things in our day but as a human to show no compassion for the loss of another human is wrong. They are teens who decided to have a prank night that went horribly wrong. I never ever wear my seat belt around home errands because I feel nothing will happen so close to home and guess what I am a 26 year old with a family who at times is in a rush and don't feel the need. That makes me stupid? YES. Do I speed ? Yes I do!!! We all do at times, none of us are perfect. No one said he was saint but show compassion he made a mistake and his life is over. You don't have to agree with anything but a life lost is never ok. I have not seen one article or one news event that gave this boy and society the ok to speed and act reckless. I have lost many people starting at age 13 and not a days goes by that I don't think of my friends that YES have died reckless. Not only has one died , one is under suicide watch and a family has to see this type on nonsense daily posted about their late son , you should be ashamed.
Adam October 29, 2012 at 08:50 PM
James Watt: Devin was a close friend of my girlfriend. She called me at 5am crying her eyes out, because she found out that he was gone, that's how much people loved Devin clearly. I never met him, but I heard enough about him to know that he was a good guy. He's gone now and he can never come back and you couldn't care less. God I hope you don't have children.
ConcernedMom October 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I can understand where James is coming from - to an extent. My heart goes out to the families. As a mom of an almost 17 year old boy, what I struggle with with the boundaries and rules that I have in place for him is "well so and so's parents let them do {insert whatever you want here because that's basically what it comes down to} and I don't. The rules in my house are followed or there are consequences to pay. I am not, by any means, putting blame on any parents. What I am saying is that kids today have it too easy which is really assbackwards because there are so many more things that are wrong with this world today than there was when I was growing up - and the rules I have in place today are the same ones my single mom had in place for me that kept me safe, taught me to be responsible and to "think" before acting. Again, my heart goes out to the families but I certainly wish more parents would have a little stricter boundaries for their kids. Seriously, when's the last time you as an adult had something handed to you on a silver platter - the way some of my son's "friends" have?????
Mom with a heart October 30, 2012 at 05:35 PM
James watt.. No one is condoning what these kids did! Everyone has said repeatedly that it was a reckless thing to do! Devin meadows paid the ultimate price for being an impulsive teenager. Charges will be filed and the boy who took a family car without permission, will too pay a price other than his ending his friends life. The air seems a little thin way up there on your high horse! It's affecting your brain! It must be nice to have never made a bad decision! The Meadows family deserves some respect as they just buried their son! Do you know how much that hurts? They are a good family, with good kids. Devin was a good kid!!
Mom with a heart October 30, 2012 at 05:48 PM
To concerned mom.. You are right .. Kids have it pretty good these days.. This family also had rules and consequences for not following them. This boy made a bad decision to do something stupid. Sneaking out of the house can be pretty easy if you don't sleep with your parents and your parents don't expect you to be leaving.
ConcernedMom October 30, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Mom with a heart....I'm not saying they didn't. I am saying in general. Peer pressure sucked when I was growing up and I personally think it sucks even more. I'm also not talking of the parents of the other kids. Who knows what happens at school..."hey I DARE you to do this"......that's where I'm coming from...directly or indirectly. I certainly wish there was a parenting manual - as I have told my son - so that all of us parents can be on the same page....but there's not - hence the at least weekly articles of senseless tragedies taking a life of someone way too young.
Shanta Agee October 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Please be an example for your family and your community. My mom taught me if you don't have anything nice to say please don't say anything at all . These teenagers and everyone else has learned and paid the price. Devin will Forever be remembered! Please keep his family in your prayers and stop pointing your finger.
James Watt October 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM
To concerned mom. No one, including me, is saying families don't have a right, or even a duty to morn the tragic loss of a son. What really grabs my goat is the MEDIA glorifying this stupidity. That is what I am outraged about This act should stand as a stark warning to students 'who ought to know better' that they need to apply thinking to their actions, because stupidity has terminal consequences and they need to know, the world will go on quite nicely, thank you, - and rather quickly forget them, after they have permanently left it. Children, especially teenagers, need to learn that no one will look after their best interest better than they will themselves. If their brain is saying, 'This is stupid and dangerous'....it is because it IS stupid and dangerous. Listen to and obey your own brain, not your friends' (or enemies) stupid ideas and pressures.
James Watt October 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM
To Shanta, No, Devin will not be remembered 'forever'. That is teenage nonsense. 10 years from now, and even sooner, hardly anyone will remember him. You need to drop the romantic garbage and learn the lesson. Stupidity can be terminal and it has no glory in it.
ANONYMOUS October 31, 2012 at 04:20 PM
WOW! WATT YOU SURE SOUND SO INTELLIGENT USING ALL THOSE BIG WORDS. YOU ARE IGNORANT AND HEARTLESS. YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE LIVED A PERFECT AND FLAWLESS LIFE! YOU ARE A SAINT! YOU MUST BE! YOU MUST NOT HAVE CHILDREN OR ANY LOVED ONES TO SPEAK OF, OR KNOW HOW TO LOVE! I HAVE PITY ON YOUR SOUL...IF YOU EVEN HAVE ONE!
ANONYMOUS October 31, 2012 at 04:51 PM
YES Shanta! You and your friends WILL ALWAYS remember Devin! You ALL will NEVER forget the pain you feel in your hearts today! Nor will his mother/family when she/they can't kiss him good night or or hug him ever again. I pray you all learn from this tragedy. I have a daughter about to start driver ed and I'm scared. It's very difficult being a teenager. We all think we are invincible as teens, but we learn we are NOT. Shanta be supportive to each other and always try to think of the consequences and know that God only gives you one precious life! You all need to help and support each other to stay safe! Help each other make good decsions in life! Don't let Devin die in vain! Keep his memory alive by starting a "Safe and Secure plan" to educate and remind students at school that in potentially dangerous situations, you CAN make good choices! We too lost a friend in High School more than 30 years ago. She hit a tree driving home drunk from WI. She was ejected out of the car. Her name was Carrie, she was beautiful, popular and an incredible artist. She have 5 brothers and sisters (that also haven't forgotten her. We will never forget her! She is our angel in heaven. CARRIE COCHRAN NEVER FORGOTTEN! STAY SAFE TEENS!! Don't read Watt's insensitive/evil words. He has no soul and this is his favorite holiday to celebrate. Alone.
James Watt October 31, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Apparently, a couple of comments I made here were removed, along with the wild maudlin accusations of how evil I am (don't you just love 'non-judgmental anonymous Christians'?) made by others. So I am going to stop further comments here, as it is pointless. But I will end it with this statement. I was a sergeant in the Marines and I have witnessed and know what it means when young people give their lives for the good of others. I refuse to dishonor those people by allowing the media to give the same (or more) attention to people who were acting just one point removed from being thugs, without commenting on it.
avery m. December 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I feel so bad he was a very nice boy. I almost cried when I heard about this. He was a very sweet boy:o[

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