Candlelight vigil set for slain teens

Nicholas Presha, Jeremy Stewart found dead on Cady Way Trail

Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18.
Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Friends of the two Winter Park High School students whose bodies were found burning on a popular Orange County trail over the weekend will hold a vigil on Thursday night.

The bodies of Nicholas Presha, 16, and Jeremy Stewart, 18, were found by two bicyclists around 6:40 a.m. Sunday morning just off Cady Way Trail near Full Sail University.

"There were always together, they were like two brothers," said Tyler Winters, who said he's still trying to handle the deaths of his two best friends.

The candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday on the wooden bridge at the trail to help students cope with the loss of the teens.

"It's hard to overcome, they had passed away in such a crucial way," said Winters. "It's a heart breaking moment to see that these two young kids, Nic 16, and Jeremy, 18, were executed and burnt here. In school they were hard-working, laughed, made jokes. And it's sad to see people with such big hearts just went down the way they did."

Stewart's father, James Stewart, visited the site where his son was killed for the first time on Thursday night.

"I didn't want my son to suffer and hopefully it happened real quick, but I don't know, I don't know the full story and that's what hurts so bad," Stewart said.

According to the Facebook event invitation, attendees can park on the corner of Forsyth Road and Aloma Avenue and walk to the trail. More than 250 people have RSVPed as attending, according to the invitation.

Presha's family posted a comment on Facebook about a reward fund, established at United Legacy Bank.

The statement reads, "All information provided to law enforcement which leads to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for these horrible crimes will be evaluated. Anyone providing information that is deemed credible and helps in the resolution of this case will be eligible to receive a reward in appropriate proportion from the fund. All fund money will be used for reward purposes."

Friends of the boys said Nicholas Presha's father told them his son snuck out of the house around 2 a.m. Sunday. He tried to look for him, but he never came home.

Friends said they were just typical teens who got into a little trouble from time to time. According to the FDLE website, both teens were arrested in January by Winter Park police for grand theft of a motor vehicle and resisting an officer.

Reports show the teens stole a neighbor's Mini Cooper and crashed it into the side of a 7-Eleven while Presha was behind the wheel.

"They had their problems outside of school but everyone had their problems outside of school," Winters said.

The principal of Winter Park High School left voicemails to parents informing them of the students' deaths on Wednesday.

"This is a tragic loss to our school and our community and we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the students who have lost their lives," said Principal Tim Smith.

Orange County Public Schools said FCAT testing is canceled for Winter Park High School students on Thursday and Friday.