Community mourns death of Orange County student athlete

ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Hundreds of people came out to Porterfield Park on Monday night to mourn the sudden death of Darius Minor, a former Orange County High School student-athlete and football standout.

Minor collapsed and died during a preseason workout at the University of Maine last week, where he was set to play defensive back for the Black Bears and major in political science.

Minor's friends, family, and classmates gathered at his memorial to place more balloons, candles, and flowers at the field where he used to play football in high school.

Skylar Clenney, Minor's ex-girlfriend, remembers him as an inspiring part of her life.

"He was just one of those people that was full of life and everyone wanted to live like Darius," said Clenney. "If anyone deserved to live, it was him."

The community also gathered on the field to hold a candlelight vigil for Minor, remembering the legacy and impact he made on their lives.

Mike Neely, the athletic director for Orange County High School, said he remembers Minor as a dynamic person on and off the football field.

"He always had a kind word, very respectful," he said. "Everything you would want in a teammate, everything you'd want in a student, everything you'd want in a son, those are the things I'm probably going to miss the most about him."

Kelly Guempel, principal of Orange County High School, also talked about his personality off the field, saying he was a kind and humble person.

"People know him for his incredible athletic talent, but those who really know him is his humbleness and kindness was about the only thing that rivaled his athletic ability," said Guempel.

The Orange County community honors Minor as a legend, but Clenney hopes people can remember him for the hard work and dedication he put in to make his dreams come true.

"I want them to remember that you know, you can do anything you want to do you just have to work for it because he did it," said Clenney. "If you want to go somewhere, you can, you just have to work. He did everything he ever wanted, he was on his way to everything he worked for."

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