Family and friends of an East Tennessee teen gathered to support him following a serious wreck.
Austin Gordon, 16, a senior at Powell High School, was injured when his truck crashed into a pole on Conner Road near I-75 in Powell. He went to UT Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Authorities say speed was a factor in the Sunday crash.
Upon hearing of the incident, Gordon's friends at school asked Powell administrators whether they could hold a vigil to support the 16-year-old. The administration agreed and let Gordon's church home, One Life Church, organize the event.
Ultimately, more than 100 people would pack the Powell High School auditorium Tuesday evening. One of Gordon's closest friends, Landon Queener, said the showing meant a lot.
"He's one of the biggest friendships I have, he's one of the closest guys to my heart," he said.
Queener has known Gordon since he was 5. He said he is sure his friend is going to make it through his injury.
"He's a fighter man, he's stubborn, he'll get through it," Queener said.
Gordon also used to play football for Powell. Teammates say he is a great friend.
"He is a great guy, never did anything to anybody," said Powell student Cody Reed. "He's a perfect guy."
Friends, like One Life Church Pastor Rodney Arnold, have been visiting Gordon at the hospital ever since the accident occurred. He said the vigil was a good opportunity to show Gordon just how much he and his family mean to the community.
He told 10News he believes the vigil helped bring Powell closer together.
"I think this showed the incredible community spirit that exists here in Powell," he said.