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Friends Hold Vigil for Ryan Nielson

Friends Hold Vigil for Ryan Nielson

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(KSL News) Friends of a 17-year-old Copper Hills High School baseball player killed in a freak accident gather to honor their classmate.

About 400 people circled the Copper Hills baseball mound last night to pay tribute to Ryan Nielsen.

Friends Hold Vigil for Ryan Nielson

Nielson died on the field Friday, when during batting practice a ball hit him in the neck and ruptured an artery.

Nielsen's teammates say they are retiring his jersey, number 15.

Aaron Wright: "He's always been number 15. We're retiring his jersey. He'll always be number 15 to us."

"When I found out about this tragedy, I cried -- cried so hard I couldn't stop," his friend Angie Quiroz said at the vigil Monday night.

The youth's parents thought the vigil, on the school's pitcher's mound, was a kind gesture.

Friends Hold Vigil for Ryan Nielson

"It's overwhelming and it's wonderful," said Nielsen's father, Glade Nielsen.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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