SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A vigil was held on the Skidmore College campus Tuesday to remember a student who passed away in an accident over the weekend.
Willem Golden was a freshman hockey player at Skidmore. He died after falling from a roof at a party in Newark, Delaware.
A vigil was held on the campus on Tuesday. The light of hundreds of candles broke through the night as classmates, friends and teammates gathered to remember Golden.
“He was just an amazing guy; an amazing teammate,” Adam Moodie said. “He wasn’t a teammate; he was a brother. He was a brother to us.”
Moodie and fellow hockey player Corey Morgan described Golden as a fun loving jokester.
“He was a funny guy with one of the biggest smiles in the world,” Moodie said. “I never met a guy who I became so close so quick. And it really hurts. It hurts losing one of your best friends.”
The team considers themselves family. They’re clinging together and trying to heal in a way Golden would have wanted them to.
“We all gathered at the hockey house and just hung out and played some music that we know he loved,” Morgan said.
Both Moodie and Morgan said that above all, Golden would have wanted them to remember the happy times and the jokes they shared. And the team vowed to come back stronger in his memory.
“I think at the end of the day, a piece of him is always going to be a part of us for the rest of our time here and for the rest of our lives,” Moodie said. “So just having that extra push, and I know he’ll be watching over us. He’ll be really making sure we’re working hard and having fun at the same time.”
Skidmore College President Philip Goltzbach said being on the hockey team meant a lot to Golden, and his parents asked for his jersey to be draped over his casket.