Candlelight vigil to remember crash victims

Friday event takes place at Irondale Beach Park

PORT HADLOCK — A candlelight vigil is planned tonight to remember three people who died in a single-car crash earlier this month.

The vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. at Irondale Beach Park, 562 Moore St., in Port Hadlock.

It will celebrate the lives of Cameron Davis, 20, of Port Townsend; Lillimarie Genaw, 21, of Port Hadlock; and Gabryel Mills, 18, of Bremerton. All were riding in Davis’ vehicle just before 4 a.m. Nov. 11 when it drifted off the road and struck a tree, the State Patrol said.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Kayla Reuther, Davis’ cousin, is organizing the vigil along with friends Carter Jennifer Cain, Haily Tuthill, Kayla Calhoun and Makayla Dun-Trammell.

All of them were classmates at Port Townsend High School, Reuther said.

Davis, a 2017 graduate, entered the U.S. Marines and recently was honorably discharged, Reuther said.

“Cameron was a very fun-loving person, and he always had a smile on his face,” she said. “He’d give people a hard time, but he always knew if you were having a hard time, he would be there for you.”

The vigil is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Reuther recommended people bring their own candles or lanterns.

“We’re going to say a few words, say a prayer, sit and talk about them, and let family members speak, then friends,” Reuther said.

Reuther’s sister, Krystal, 25, died in a collision in October 2018 on state Highway 20 near the intersection at Eaglemount Road.

She said it’s important to gather and share memories “to show that they’re not forgotten.”

A memorial service for Davis will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 45 Redeemer Way in Chimacum.

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Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at [email protected].

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