ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The Attleboro High School community came together Thursday night to remember a student who drowned over the weekend while vacationing with his family.
A candlelight vigil organized by the student body was held at Capron Park in honor of 17-year-old Nick Vero.
Vero, who was set to begin his senior year, was about waist-deep in the ocean off the coast of North Carolina on Saturday when he was hit by a wave and went under. His mother, who was on the beach nearby, said the family and rescue crews searched for hours but didn’t find her son before it was too late. She was also in attendance Thursday as dozens of people paid tribute to her son.
“He was just such a great kid, he really was,” said Danny Perry, who met Vero in the sixth grade.
Perry was one of many who stepped forward at the vigil to speak about the life of his good friend.
“Just one person who brought everyone together, together even more than we already are,” he said.
Golden, honest, compassionate, just some of the words used to describe Vero.
“Everything he did, honestly, was with so much heart,” Perry added. “He was such a nice kid, he really was.”
Vero ran track for the high school. The track team wore ribbons this week in his honor and on Friday night, Attleboro High School Principal Bill Runey will offer a tribute to Vero and before the school’s football game.