FALCONER – The sky overlooking the Village of Falconer filled with balloons Sunday evening in memory of a Falconer native who was killed in a car crash last week.
Matthew Eskeli IV, 20, was killed after his Ford Focus overturned following a crash on I-70 in Ohio.
“I know he would do this for any one of us if this were to happen,” said Kylee Joe Lindahl, a former classmate of Eskeli. “He was truly the kindest person that any of us have ever met.”
Lindahl said she did not know Eskeli well, although they grew closer as they graduated high school.
“Senior year I feel like we all connected in some weird way that made us all feel like we were brothers and sisters,” explained Lindahl.
Between 50 and 100 people were in attendance, including Sydney Kresconko, another one of Eskeli’s classmates.
“We are just really really thankful for the large amount of support that everyone had given and please just keep giving it to us because this healing process is not easy,” said Kresconko.
Two passengers in Eskeli’s vehicle also suffered injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, Mark Terrell, 37, could potentially face charges. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Drew Beckerink, another friend of Eskeli’s, made the following statement in a Facebook post.
“If anyone would like a sticker in Billy Eskeli’s memory, please message myself, my brother, Seth Beckerink, or Bryce Larson. The more stickers we order, the cheaper it will be. $2 from each sticker purchased will be donated to S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drunk Driving) at Falconer Central School. The motorcycles in the picture will also be white. Thank you!”