Friends and family gathered to remember a Poughkeepsie teenager who died suddenly. YNN's Michael Howard has more on the vigil for Joseph Elone.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Those who knew Joseph Elone have nothing but positive memories of the Poughkeepsie High School student, as dozens gather for a vigil in his honor.
"It was a huge shock, I didn't believe it could happen," said Matthew Anderson, friends with Elone.
The 17-year-old was known as hard worker, and touched the lives of everyone around him.
"He would get up in the morning at like 5 or 6 in the morning and do school work, I'm a procrastinator so he inspired me to work hard," remembered Josh Nodiff, friends with Elone.
Elone would have been a senior in the fall at Poughkeepsie High School. He died earlier this month from a rare, tick bourne illness called the powossin virus.
According to Elone's brother, he had aspirations to attend Brown University and study engineering. Now, Elone's brother wears a watch in his memory.
"He's just a great guy, I love him and he's always going to be my brother," said Emmanuel Elone.
The family said they will be setting up a fund in his memory to benefit research of the powossin virus.