STRATTON, Vt. (MyFoxBoston/AP) — Randolph students and community members are mourning a teenager who died in a snowboarding accident in Vermont.
Winhall, Vt. police say 16-year-old Tommy Hoang, of Randolph, Mass., was injured Saturday at the Stratton Mountain ski resort when he was snowboarding for the first time and crashed into a sign.
When the ski patrol arrived Hoang had no pulse. Medical personnel at the resort restored his pulse and Hoang was flown by helicopter to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where he later died.
A candlelight vigil organized by Randolph High School students took place at 7 p.m. Monday night at the Randolph Community Middle School tennis courts, with some students staying around the area for hours afterward.
His friends described him as an honor student who was a great friend and good athlete.
Steven Moore, the Randolph schools superintendent, released a statement about Tommy.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students. We know that entire community will come together in support of one another during this time of sorrow," he statement read, in part. "We appreciate the way the students, faculty, and community have chosen to remember Tommy for the outstanding student athlete and member of our community that he was."
Grief counseling and support will be available at Randolph schools throughout the week.