One day after a Bay County teen loses his life on an area highway, family and friends gather to honor his memory. Monday night at the Mosley High School Gymnasium, they shared the tears...and fond memories of a life cut short.
17 year old Chase Gilligan was heading South on Highway 77 in Washington county, when he lost control of his car, crashing into a tree. He died on the scene.
More than a month ago Mosley lost another student, Madison Hair, in a tragic accident. Chase represented another member of their family gone too soon.
As family and friends of Chase came out to remember their friend, the Mosley orange was sprinkled with blue in honor of the team Chase adored.
"Ever since I've known him, he's been the biggest Gator fan," friend Chelsea Ehlers said.
Whether it was his love for the Gators, or his passion for life, all his friends have fond memories. Hunter Goodreau says he was like a brother
"He always made me laugh no matter what," Goodreau said. "I could be in the worst mood ever and he just made me laugh."
Ryan Harrold says Chase was his best friend. It's a friendship that began when they were on opposite sides of the field.
"We were in triple A baseball, in the semifinal tournament," Harrold said. "He was pitching against me, and he hung a curve ball, and I hit a walk off home run against him. That's what made us become friends."
Chelsea Ehlers has called Chase a 'friend' before they were even able to walk.
"Our mom's were pregnant with us at the same exact time," Ehlers said. "We're only 4 days apart."
She shares her favorite memory.
"All of them are my favorite," Ehlers said. "Just knowing him is my favorite memory."
An account to benefit Chase's family has been set up with the Doral bank. If you want to help, just walk into any Doral Bank location and ask for the 'Gilligan Benefit Account.'