Community Holds Vigil for Pfc. Shane Cantu

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Hundreds from the community came out and lined the track around the Corunna High School football field. They created a "ring of light" with candles to honor one of their own - a former football captain and Army Private First Class Shane Cantu.

"It hurts a lot but he was doing something for actually everybody not just himself and that's what made Shane...Shane," said Pfc. Shane Cantu's friend Joshua Cleveland.

20-year-old Shane Cantu died Tuesday when an explosive device was thrown over a wall at his base in Afghanistan. His cousin says the family has been hit hard.

"There's a huge part in my heart gone because he was a huge part of the family," said Andressa Vanhorn.

Those who knew him well says they lost someone who's hardworking, loving and inspiring.

Ricky Dennis, a current Corunna High School football player, says he was inspired to follow in Cantu's footsteps.

"He gave me inspiration to be the best I can as a human being and a football player and try to be a leader too like he was," said Dennis.

Friends say the healing process will be long and tough, but they will always hold on to the memory of a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice.


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