COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Getting in a car with a friend after drinking is what led to Timothy Walton’s death. He was supposed to graduate Sunday from Crestview High School.
His family sat in the audience watching as the friends he grew up with took a big step into their future.
“Listen to your friends when they say, ‘Don’t drive man, don’t drive, you’re not okay to drive.’ Listen to them because your friends know you better than anybody,” said Rachel Zubay, Walton’s mother.
His family said they want to put an end to the drunk driving tragedies that happen everyday.
“Drinking and driving is not worth it. And make sure you take care of your friends. And look out for one another because don’t let his tragedy keep going,” said Bryan Zubay, Walton’s father.
One friend of Walton’s wore his tassel at the ceremony as he crossed the stage, and a rose was placed on the chair where he would have sat. The students stood when Walton’s name was called.
“He touched everybody that he ever came in contact with and was a great friend, too. All of his buddies at home and everybody that ever knew him just loved him,” Bryan Zubay said.
Walton had a future as a welder. He was going to graduate with his welding certificate, along with a high school diploma. His family accepted both on his behalf before the ceremony.
“Oh he had a bright future, he was going up up and away,” Rachel Zubay said.
The family is holding a candle light vigil for Walton Sunday night in New Waterford. It will be held at the gazebo across from the Vittle Village gas station off Main Street. It begins at 8 p.m. and the family said anyone can attend.