A final tribute for Wade

Wade Young
Wade Young

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A 2016 Corona del Sol graduate has been laid to rest after being struck by lightning atop Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff.

Wade Young, 17, an AP Scholar Award recipient and athlete, had planned to attend Arizona State University this fall.

A memorial service held at Arizona Community Church drew about 1,000 to mourn his passing. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at Casa Paloma donated 15 pepperoni pizzas for the reception afterward.

David Lyons and Jaxson Baxter, two of Wade’s friends who were with him on the hike, work at Grimaldi’s and have returned to their jobs following the tragedy. 

At press time, a GoFundMe campaign in Wade’s memory had raised more than $24,000.

“We can all help his family by raising funds for medical bills, time off work, etc. All donations will go directly to Robyn Young, Wade’s mother,” according to the GoFundMe page.

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