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On Friday night, family and friends of sophomore David Betts packed a gymnasium at Bryan High School for an emotional memorial service.Wearing his son's Bluffton baseball jersey, John Betts told the crowd that his son was a kind, big-hearted young man. He said his son understood that it's not how long you live, but what you do with your time that counts. A private burial is scheduled for Saturday.
Investigators have said the driver apparently mistook an exit ramp for a highway lane, continued along it without stopping at a "T" intersection at the top of the ramp and then went over the edge. Team member Kyle King, talking to reporters from his hospital room earlier this week, said most of the players were asleep when he heard the bus driver's wife scream, the tires screech and the bus hit the concrete barrier. On Thursday, hundreds of mourners gathered in the Ohio towns of Lima and Lewisburg for the funerals of his Bluffton teammates Tyler Williams and Cody Holp, both 19. Williams' cleats and glove rested among the flowers at Philippian Missionary Baptist Church in Lima. Outside were pictures from his life, many showing the outfielder in uniform. "Tyler was already making a difference in this world," Bluffton President James Harder said. "A difference that will now be missing." Sixty-five miles away in Lewisburg, mourners held copies of a poem Holp had written that read: "I hope to change the world when I die so when looked upon they say he was a good man." "Cody wanted people to smile, so he started the contagion by smiling all the time himself," the Rev. Mike Pratt said. "That's what makes him so unforgettable and his legacy enduring." The crash also killed the bus driver and his wife, Jerome and Jean Niemeyer, and players David Betts and Scott Harmon. The team had been scheduled to play Eastern Mennonite University in Florida. Instead, players from the school in Bluffton, Ohio, attended memorial services.