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School honors teen killed in Bay Co. crash

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The 17-year-old teen killed in a weekend collision in Bay County has been identified. He has been identified as Ryon Michael LaLonde of Linwood.

The crash happened early Sunday morning on Mackinaw Road near River Road.

Police say LaLonde crossed the road, and slammed into a culvert. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

LaLonde attended Bay City Western High School, where students and faculty are morning his death.

"I lost it. I threw my phone because I just didn't want to believe it. And I just broke right there and I fell to my knees on the ground and started crying," said Zach Frasher, LaLonde's friend.

Frasher is like a lot of his fellow students dealing with a tragic loss. LaLonde died in a single-car accident on Sunday in rural Bay County.

"It was just horrible because every corner I turned around I saw Ryon standing where he usually stands, making the jokes he makes and everything like that," Frasher said.

Other students said LaLonde's death leaves a void that will never be filled.

"He was basically like a brother to me," William Schuman said.

Schuman knew LaLonde for years. He said coming to class without his friend is awful.

"Every morning you get to see him and then it's different without seeing him there. You know and he's not coming back," Schuman said.

As a tribute to LaLonde the students and staff at Western wore camouflage on Monday to honor him.

"This is about all of us as we go through this together," said Principal Judy Cox.

Cox proudly displayed her camouflage hat. She calls the sudden passing of LaLonde the hardest thing she's ever had to deal with as an educator.

"There's definitely heavy hearts at Western High School today," Cox said.

LaLonde was planning to walk with the rest of his senior class at commencement on Sunday. Even though LaLonde is gone his friends said his legacy will always be here.

"In our hearts and in our minds Ryon LaLonde is still graduating with us. Not in body, but in spirit, he is still going to be with us," Frasher said.

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