BAYFIELD - One year ago on Monday Dylan Redwine boarded a plane for his father's home in Vallecito. The following day he disappeared. This weekend, hundreds gathered to say goodbye to the 13-year-old boy.
The word 'faith' was brought up time and time again during the service. Faith is what has helped friends and family get through the last year.
"I've lost faith and I've regained faith. Because without faith I have nothing else to look forward to and I need that," Dylan's mother Elaine Redwine told the crowd.
One year ago most of the people in attendance were complete strangers. They were brought together by a teenage boy.
"Dylan's light is no longer contained in a shell. It's like a super torch from heaven now shining down on all of us," said Denise Hess, a close family friend.
Memories of Redwine were shared, ranging from past holidays to pranks played in school.
At the end of the service everyone drove down the road to the nearby cemetery, where a bench baring Dylan's name was unveiled.
Family and friends wrote notes to Redwine and attached them to balloons. After one of Redwine's favorite songs were played, the balloons were released in to the air.
It was the community's way of saying 'goodbye'.
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