Vigil held for Thomas Worthington high school student

Eric Clark of Worthington, Ohio

WORTHINGTON, OH (WCMH) — A candle light vigil for 16-year-old Franklin Eric Clark was held Tuesday night.

Hundreds of friends, classmates, and teachers were in attendance.

The vigil was moved indoors because of the threat of rain, and Eric’s teammates escorted his family inside. 

Young men on both football and basketball teams grew emotional, shared stories, and promised to approach life differently moving forward.

Commitments were made to work harder than they ever had before. To dedicate to next years season’s in both football and basketball to Clark’s memory.

Afterword people gathered at the spirit rocks and left mementos, lit candles, or simply cried.

Clark had been swimming in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina this weekend when it is believed he was caught in an undertow and unable to make it back to shore.

His body was pulled from the ocean Monday afternoon.

Clark was in South Carolina for a basketball camp with his coaches and teammates from Thomas Worthington High School.

His teammates were put on a charter bus and returned to Columbus Monday night, his coach remained in South Carolina with Clark’s family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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