Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kenosha teacher remembered as hero

Several hundred people huddled in the cold Tuesday night near the bar in Kenosha where a special education teacher died.

They lit candles to remember 24-year-old Colin Byars. He suffered a fatal injury when he was punched and struck his head on the concrete after trying to stop some men from harassing his female friends. The confrontation happened early Saturday outside Big Shotz bar.

McKinley Middle School eighth-grader Holly Wolf says Byars always had something good to say and that he was a friend to everyone.

Students, parents and others hugged Byars' mother, Danelle Eckert, and offered condolences. Eckert says she was amazed by the number of people who attended the vigil. Byars' uncle, Nick Byars, says that you could tell by the turnout that his nephew was "truly one of the good guys."

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