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Friends and family remember teen killed in bus accident

Friends and family of Hunter Scofield are remembering him in Hadley-Luzerne on what would have been his 16th birthday.

Hunter was killed in a bus accident in Lake Luzerne earlier this month. The accident is still under investigation but in the meantime dozens of people gathered to celebrate the teen who loved sports, the outdoors and making people smile.

There was music, games, and fun. Everything a birthday party needs; except its most important guest.

"There's really no words to explain him," Hunter's friend Chris Deuel said. "He's really smart, athletic."

Friends say basketball was Hunter's first love but soccer was up there too. He played both sports for Hadley-Luzerne High School. It was football he planned to take up in the fall.

"Last time I saw him he showed me all his equipment. He was so happy to play," Hunter's friend Scott Broekhuizen said.

Until a tragic bus accident changed all of that. Hunter was thrown from the bus he rode for his summer job as a tubing guide for Tubby Tube.

Now, his friends are keeping his memory alive.

"I wanted to do just kind of like a community thing, like with just close friends and family, and then it just kind of went viral," Deuel said.

People who didn't even know Hunter donated food and came out to honor the teen. Blue balloons represented the Hadley-Luzerne High School colors and green balloons represented Hunter's love for the Boston Celtics.

"And then he just liked red," Deuel said, while pointing to the red balloons.

Friends say he just liked to smile and they all gathered at Sam Smead Memorial Park to do just that.

"Being here today and seeing all these cheerful people [...] to know that he is in a better place and doing better things it, you know, really makes me smile," Hunter's friend Brandon Allen said.

Hunter's friends also say that a river guide who didn't even know the teen took a marble stone from near where the accident happened and engraved it to honor him.

The birthday party ended with a balloon release at Hadley-Luzerne High School.