LANSING, N.Y. — A vigil was held Thursday night in Ludlowville Park for a 20-year-old Lansing man who died in a crash Wednesday.

The nearby roadway was packed with parked vehicles on both sides of the roadway and more than 100 people holding candles were gathered to mourn the loss of Kyle “Booie” Arrison.

Arrison was a Lansing High School graduate and has attended Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Kyle “Booie” Arrison/Instagram

After a public circle where friends and family shared memories about Arrison, people gathered around a memorial of photos,  flowers and mementos.

His family — parents Jenny and Mark Arrison and sisters Kelsey and Kayla Arrison — stood in a circle nearby as friends and family greeted them with hugs.

Mark Arrison said, “He just touched so many people, so many different people. It never ended. And all of them were his friends.”

He said his son had beautiful blue eyes and an infectious smile — that his whole outgoing personality was infectious.

Kelsey Arrison said that what she’ll remember most is his wit, which she said was his defining characteristic.

Kyle Arrison’s family said his organs will be donated to people in need.

“Kyle is such a giving person and he would want to do that,” Jenny Arrison said.

Funeral arrangements will be planned through Perkins Funeral Home and the family said details for the funeral will be made Friday.

According to a 911 dispatcher, police responded to the 3000 block of North Triphammer Road around 9:25 p.m. for the report of a crash with injuries. Injuries were reported, and a LifeNet  helicopter was called to the scene but didn’t transport anyone to the hospital. Police have not returned request for comment.

Jolene Almendarez

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