Vigil Held for Simi Football Star Critically Hurt in Crash

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — A candlelight vigil was held on Monday for a local high school football star critically hurt in a motorcycle crash over Thanksgiving break.

Hundreds of people lined the football field at Simi Valley High School to offer their prayers and support for Skylar Lembo.

The 17-year-old was critically injured in a motorcycle accident on Thanksgiving. He was on a family vacation riding his dirt bike when he crashed.

Skylar suffered a broken neck and underwent a 10-hour surgery. He remains on life support, paralyzed from the neck down.

His parents said they were overwhelmed by the turnout for Skylar, and that in the face of tragedy, their strong faith has not wavered.

“You know I believe in miracles and I believe in faith and he’s gonna walk some day and he’s gonna get out and he’s gonna be back,” mother Tina Breeden said.

“I just need some prayers. I need him to come back home to me,” father Ray Lembo said.

Skylar, a linebacker and wide-receiver, loved football, rap music and the Lord’s Prayer, which was recited by the crowd at the vigil.

“You never know what’s gonna happen… like so fast. You can’t even say goodbye or anything,” friend Lauren Loy reflected.

The family is now working to collect donations to help pay for Skylar’s rising medical costs.

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