A year ago, a Plainville teenager and his friend died from a dangerous dam after jumping into the Farmington River.
Despite a bad actor defacing the Lucas Brewer memorial, Friday night loved ones gathered to remember him.
“I’m glad we’re all here to remember him,” Lola Molloy said. She said Brewer was “definitely a light in [her] life.”
After an extensive search, the bodies of Brewer, 15, and Anthony Nagore, 17, were found.
“It’s not easy, but that was the last place he was, so that’s where I go when I need him,” said Brewer’s mother, Glenda Brewer.
In January, a bench was placed along the river in Burlington to remember the teenager. On a beautiful summer evening, relatives came to pay their respects.
“I wanted a piece of him here,” Glenda said.
She said he spent a lot of time in the area.
“It was tough. I wish he was here,” said Devyn Shover, one of Brewer’s friends.
But on the morning of the memorial, Brewer’s mother received a text that the pew plaque had been vandalized, and she nearly canceled the event.
“I cried and I was like, ‘No, I’m not going to the river and I’m doing it,’ but he deserves it. He deserves to be remembered,” Glenda said.
So they did just that, even the emergency responders who searched for the teenagers a year ago showed up.
“I was here with the whole family to handle the issue from start to finish. It’s tough,” said EnCon Police Captain Keith Williams.
Sitting on a bench in memory of her son, Brewer’s mother wants us all to make memories with the ones we love, “because that’s what got us through this last year.” And think twice before jumping into dangerous waters.
” It’s hot. The days are long, but don’t jump. You don’t know what you’re getting into and someone loves you,” Glenda said.
To get to the bench, go to the number three access parking lot in Burlington, turn left and drive a quarter mile.
Brewer’s mother asks anyone who knows or has seen what happened to the bench to call the police. She hopes to replace the plate.