Supporters of teen killed in fall from Orlando drop tower break down during vigil

Supporters helped honor life of 14-year-old Tyre Sampson in front of Orlando FreeFall

A growing memorial for Tyre Sampson at ICON Park in Orlando. (Jerry Askin, Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 50 people showed up Monday evening for a vigil honoring 14-year-old Tyre Sampson, who died last Thursday evening after falling from the Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park.

The vigil was planned by Building Generations of Hope, an Orlando-based nonprofit organization.

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Tthe crowd was made up of many strangers, who wanted to send condolences.

“We’re sending prayers all the way here for you we (are) praying (for) strength. I know it’s hard, but just know God is right there by your side,” one person said.

Multiple people told News 6 they drove to Orlando just to be a part of the vigil.

The group released balloons into the sky in his honor while shouting “We Love You Tyre” in unison.

Orlando visitors like Claire Rich, from England, said although she did not know Sampson, she felt moved to join.

“No one should have to go through what the family is going through right now,” Rich said.

Azoira Wright is also a stranger to the family but did not miss the chance to spread hugs and love.

“I know what the mother is feeling right now so I’m just (going to) pray and hope she can find the strength to move on,” Wright said.

News 6 is still waiting for updates in the investigation.

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