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Family, Friends Mourn Loss of Livermore High Student

A candlelight vigil, prayer was held Wednesday night to remember David Goddard, who died in a rollover crash.

Family and friends of David Goddard gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of the .

David, 17, was a senior at .

The vigil was held at a parking lot on Portola Avenue — where emergency crews on late Tuesday night found a deceased David inside a Chevy van on its roof. Police have said David was traveling at a high rate of speed on Murrieta Boulevard when he crossed the Portola Avenue intersection and crashed into a steel gate and another parked vehicle in the lot.

Investigators said alcohol may have played a role in the crash and the coroners are awaiting autopsy results.

David's friends and family at the vigil surrounded a memorial of pictures, flowers and candles. Family members expressed their thanks for those in attendance and the support they have received.

"I can see so many people loved him and I miss him so much," a man said to attendees at the vigil. "Don't take anything for granted, because it can change so fast."

A woman also said to those in attendance: "Friends were very important to him. He would be so happy to see you all here. I appreciate every single one of you and I know he cared for every single one of you."

David's death has rocked the Livermore community. Many people have left condolences and prayers for his family on our Facebook page and in the .

Meanwhile, Superintendent Kelly Bowers issued the following statement Wednesday:

Dear LVJUSD Community:

It is with deep sorrow that we have learned of the untimely passing of one of our high school students. Last night, LHS senior, David Goddard passed away as a result of a single car accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Goddard family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. 

As always, during periods of crisis, the LVJUSD and the entire Livermore Community will pull together and support each other. 

The District crisis team will be at LHS next week as school resumes, to provide support and comfort to students, faculty and support staff. 

During this holiday season, as we celebrate, appreciate and cherish our family and friends, let's remember just how precious life is, and let's keep the Goddard family in our minds and hearts, as they have suffered such a tragic loss.

View KTVU Channel 2 News' coverage here.

marissa November 24, 2011 at 07:45 AM
It was a very nice turnout.
kc November 24, 2011 at 05:30 PM
May the thought of God's gift of eternal life bring some peace and comfort to those of us who are mourning.
CARMEN November 24, 2011 at 06:43 PM
WE LOVE DAVID SO MUCH HE WAS VERY SPECIAL IN MY HOME WE HADE THE PRIVILEGE TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES HE WAS VERY HELPHO AND HE WAS VERY LOVE BY THE KIDS OF MY DAY CARE HE WAS THE BESTH FREND OF MY DOUGHTIER WE AS PARENTS ENJOY SO MUCH HIS FRIENDSHIP IT WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVING HIM IN MY HOME HIS SWEET SMILE WAS ALWAYS THRERE AND HIS GOOD MANERS AND CAINES STILL ARE HARD S AND HIS BIG HARD MAKING SO UNIQUE HE HELP SOME OF THE KIDS THAT DIND HAVE DADDYS AND THE JUST LOVE HIM WE ALWAYS NEUW THA DAVID HAD A VERY GOOD PARENT DAVID WAS JUST A JOY THATH HE WELL BE ALWAYS IN OUR PRAY AND HE WELL LIVE ALWAYS IN OUR HARDS SPECIAL IN ARE DOUGHTIER HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR HER WE ARE DIPLE SORRY FOR HIS LOST IM SORRY FOR MY ORTOGRAFIA WE LOVE HIM MY DOUGHTIER SAID THAT HE IS HER ANGEL
Dorothy Wein November 27, 2011 at 04:55 AM
My prayers are with David's mother and father and his siblings as well as his extended family members. My prayers are that you are assured he is resting in Gods loving arms. In a place of utter peace and comfort. Sometimes God takes our most precious jewels and returns them back to us in eternity So that we will NEVER lose them again......... Dorothy Wein
Lynne Schaack November 28, 2011 at 02:41 AM
I am David's great aunt and like all of you, loved him very much. Kids please read and take to heart, you must call your parents or someone sober to drive you home if you have had too much to drink. Please let David's accident be a reminder and turn this tragic event into something positive. No drinking and driving! David had an understanding with his parents that he would call them. But this night, for whatever reason, he did not. I'm thinking that most teenagers think they are invinceable. The outcome would have been so different. We would still have our wonderful friend and nephew with us, if only he would have made that call. So, in the name of David Goddard, help your friends not to drive drunk and spare everyone the anguish and pain of losing someone so wonderful.
Amy Gholson Taylor November 29, 2011 at 06:17 AM
A memorial fund has been set up for the Goddard's for anyone who would like to contribute towards funeral expenses, and any other needs they have at this time. http://www.rememberdavidgoddard.com/
marissa November 29, 2011 at 07:09 AM
Well said

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