Paying tribute: Friends describe Cory Barron as ‘happy’, ‘full of life’

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FREMONT, Ohio -- Happy, caring, and full of life. That's how friends say they will remember Cory Barron.

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember the 22-year-old who disappeared and was later found dead after a Cleveland concert.

People gathered in front of Fremont Ross High School in Sandusky County, creating a sea of purple and white, the school colors, to remember Cory.

"It has shown how quick we can come together, a state of need to help a family when it's needed that's really awesome," said friend Kent Weaver.

Barron disappeared from the Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field last Friday night. His body was found at the Lorain County landfill Tuesday afternoon. Cleveland police are looking into the possibility that he may have fallen down a trash chute from the upper deck where he was sitting.

The Lorain County coroner has completed an autopsy, but says it will be several weeks before he is able to reveal how he died.

"It really has brought everybody together. Anytime there's a tragedy, and it's one of your own, there are so many unanswered questions. People want to know why," said family friend Tom Pena.

Organizers tell Fox 8 that Cory's brother and sister attended the vigil. They listened to speakers describe the high school football player as a sports lover who loved everything Cleveland.

"I expect this and more because he was so well liked and family is well liked, he was a good guy," said family friend Libby Pena.

"Just a very friendly, easygoing person, there wasn't a person I didn't know of that he didn't get along with," Weaver said.

"Hoping that he would be found alive and when they found his body, it was like somebody just burst a bubble...now we gotta deal with the reality of the situation," said former Fremont Ross High School teacher Mike Gilbert.

Organizers also took up a collection to help Cory Barron's family pay for funeral expenses.

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