Staff: Gavin Miller, a kind-hearted, witty, caring, and unique person, who put others needs before his own, was pronounced dead on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at around 4:20 a.m. After being notified by a passerby of a lone vehicle off the road with a tree downed nearby, the Macomb County deputies responded to a vehicle crash located near 28 Mile Road and Mt. Vernon. The vehicle was later identified as a 2006 black Dodge Dakota, and police also located the driver. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the cause of the crash.

Many students soon began to share and post memories of Gavin on social media, as well as extending their prayers and love to the Miller family. Gavin is survived by his parents, Trista and Chad Miller and siblings Bret, Darren, Eric, Avril, Jane and Genevieve.

The evening following Miller’s death, students gathered in the rain and painted the rock in honor of Gavin and Romeo High School opened its doors to the community in which close friends of Gavin and teammates could attend to help cope with the tragic news. Teachers, counselors, coaches and staff were there to help students and each other.

Students and community members also gathered at the scene of the accident expressing their grief for Gavin by placing flowers, Miller’s football helmet and cleats, his favorite video game and candy.

Students and community members organized a day in which all students were given the opportunity to wear yellow, Miller’s favorite color, on Monday, May 21, to honor him.

Tonight, Monday, May 21st, there will be a candlelight vigil at the rock at 9 p.m.

The high school staff is providing support for grieving students. The library, as well as many other safe rooms, will be open to students to mourn. There is a memory box located in the lobby where students may share their favorite memories of Gavin or express their condolences.

The RNews staff would like to extend our condolences to the Miller family as they grieve the loss of their oldest son.

Sources:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2018/05/19/teen-found-dead-under-pickup-washington-twp/626377002/

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