Students wear blue to honor teen killed in dirt bike accident


PALO CEDRO, Calif. - Classmates of Tyler Skeete remembered the 16-year-old Foothill High School Junior on Monday by wearing his favorite color, blue.

Skeete was killed Friday after a head-on collision with another dirt bike on private property in Palo Cedro.

Michael Geraci knew Skeete since freshman year and even wore a shirt with his name on it and the date that Skeete died.

"Everyone knew him as just a happy kid who always had a smile on his face. Last week he came up to me, shook my hand and said hey Michael I hope you're having a great day. He always knew what to say," said Geraci.

Emiley Johnson also wore blue for Skeete Monday, she found out about the accident while at work and was shocked to hear what happened.

"It was hard to come back from that looking at that and then getting off my break and going back to work wondering whether it was true and what happened," said Johnson.

A small handful of students at North Cow Creek School, where Skeete had attended in the past, also wore blue. Both Geraci and Johnson believed the community support showed how much the family means to them.

"We want them to know that we're all supporting them and that there are lots of prayers going out to his family right now and just hoping for them to find peace," said Johnson.

According to the Foothill FFA Facebook page, Skeete was an active member who excelled in Ag Mechanics and also played tennis. Principal Steve Abbott said when they first heard the news they started forming an action plan with councilors.

Several of them were stationed in the library and around campus in case any student wanted to talk. Abbott also talked about the accident during first period followed by a moment of silence.

"Most of the students who were deeply affected. They wanted to be together and they want to be in class. They want to grieve together and they also want to find some level of normalcy," said Abbott.

Students were also collecting notes, letters, pictures and signing a banner to show the family what Skeete meant to them.

The other teen involved in the accident remains in the hospital. Their identity has not been released.