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Community gathers at candlelight vigil for FSU students killed in Halloween crash

Posted at 11:24 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 23:24:51-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Sean Shearman and Victor Pena were remembered in a candlelight vigil held Monday night.

The vigil was nothing short of emotional after two Florida State students, a tragic loss for family and friends, were killed in a car accident on Halloween.

Shearman and Pena were best friends, frat brothers and even coworkers.

Though it's a painful time for those who knew them, they found comfort Monday night reflecting on who they were.

"They were just perfect together," said Gabby Porco, a friend of Shearman and Pena's. "It's tough knowing that both of them were taken away from us."

Porco and many others described Shearman and Pena as inseparable.

"It's something you can't make up," said Guy Cesta, a friend of Shearman and Pena's. "How authentic it is and how strong a bond can be between some people."

Candles lit and heads bowed in memory of them on the green of Summerbrooke Golf Club where they both worked.

"Waking up to that news was the most heart-shattering thing that's probably ever happened to me, and I'm hurting for everyone, especially for both of their families," Porco said.

The Tallahassee Police Department said the two young men were in a Kia, traveling west on an Apalachee access road looking to turn onto Apalachee Parkway when they were hit by a green Ford F-350 truck.

The truck was believed to be going 70 mph.

"They had a lot to get out of life but they had even more to give," said Cesta.

Shearman came to FSU from Ft. Meyers, Fla. in 2016 to major in political science.

Pena was from Brandon, Fla. He graduated from FSU in May 2020 with a bachelor's in commercial entrepreneurship.

Although their lives ended suddenly, the people who love them say they hope they know the mark they made in their hearts.

"We're staying strong for you all down here and we're celebrating your lives in the same way you would do for us," Porco said.

Both Pena and Shearman were members of the former Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at FSU. Many of their members attended the vigil.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, and no charges have been filed.