Vigil held for missing Oahu teenager
Dayne Ortiz hasn't been seen since Saturday, but Monday night his family was shown just how much the missing teen meant to his extended family -- classmates, coaches and his school.
Thousands crowded onto the Farrington High School campus to offer comfort to one another and to the Ortiz family.
Some students sang songs, others prayed as family and coaches shared stories about Dayne Ortiz, a cornerback for the football team.
"He was such a special person, just followed instructions, never grumbled, quiet in the locker room. The thing that I will miss about him was that he was so dependable to do the job as best as he could," said Al Torco, the Defensive Line coach for Farrington.
Banners and signs were put up, but they weren't the only visible reminders of how much Ortiz meant to the school. So were the tears shed during and after the ceremony.
"He meant a lot to us. Een though I didn't know him that much, he was a Governorand we stick together as a family," said Farrington freshman Fina Ifopo.
"We just want to remember him, the good times and his smile. He was a really wonderful kid," said Randeatte McEnroe, the parent of Farrington defensive back Jacob McEnroe.
The hour-long tribute gave those gathered a chance to grieve Ortiz' sudden disappearance. The teenager was fishing on Oahu's North Shore when his kayak capsized in rough surf. He has not been found since.
His coach said there was some comfort knowing Ortiz disappeared doing one of the three things he loved: playing football, hunting and fishing.
Seeing the impact Ortiz had on his school and community gave his family some peace during their very difficult time.
"A lot of people were teary-eyed, but it was from the time they remembered with him, that's why the tears flowed. Because you knew a person you enjoyed spending time with. He will be deeply missed," said Ortiz's uncle Bo Sison.
Ortiz will be missed on the football field as well. The governors will play Friday night against Baldwin on Maui.
On a night after practice, the Farrington football team isn't going it alone. Their last opponents -- the entire Mililani football team gave up their own practice to be in Kalihi as well.
"Once the game is over we come together as one. It said a lot about them and their coach to show their support for us," said Farrington Linebacker Pumba Williams.
"It hits home. We're all brothers in one sense. It was an eye-opener that we just need to enjoy life and cherish one another more," said Mililani Head Football Coach Rod York.
Divers and rescue crews have searched for Ortiz for the past two days. They found part of his surf shorts, but there hasn't been any other sign of the missing teen.
The Honolulu Fire Department plans to conduct a shoreline search Tuesday morning, then use boats and jet skis on the water again.
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