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Family and Friends Attend Visitation for Ben Flick
HAMILTON, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A UC football player, killed in a car crash, will be laid to rest Wednesday. Tuesday evening, loved ones gathered to pay their respects at a visitation for Ben Flick. One of the crash survivors was among them. Local 12's Angela Ingram was at Hamilton High School for the visitation.
Hundreds of people poured into the athletic center. They had nothing but beautiful things to say about Ben and Sean VanDyne, who died a couple of days after the crash. Those who attended the visitation say they were well-liked, respectful and got along with everyone. They were good teammates as well. The visitation was emotional for friends, family and the UC football team.
Buses carrying UC football players and staff pulled up to Hamilton High School with a police escort. Crash survivor Javon Harrison was with his teammates.
During the service, there were pictures and a video tribute to Ben Flick. Friend Tallon Haggard says "he had an impact on everybody, he was special. Everybody loved him, he just always had a smile."
Another friend told Local 12 Ben was a "sweatheart, loveable. We actually had dinner with Ben Flick just two nights before he went to UC.
"Oh, yes, very nice man, always polite, always had a smile on his face. It's definitely a tragic loss, he and Sean", says Hamilton High School spokeswoman Joni Copas .
The viewing was exceptionally hard for most. Many of them knew both Ben and Sean from their days as student athletes at Hamilton High School. Friend Maurice Chatman remembered "they were friends with everybody and respectful, strong athletes."
Friends and teammates comforted Ben and Sean's families. Sean had just recently married to a woman he knew in childhood. Friends say Sean and Ben had a bond on the football field in high school and the bond continued past graduation. "You become brothers with everyone on the football team. Being with them for so many years, they became really close brothers."
Some Hamilton High School graduates are going to college in other states, but when they heard about the crash, several of them returned to support the victims' families.
Mark Barr was also hurt in that crash, he remains in critical condition.
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