Prayer vigil honored two Lexington Catholic students killed in a car crash


The vigil was held at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The clouds hanging heavy over Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Wednesday night seemed to mirror the hearts of those walking inside.

The Lexington Catholic community was mourning the loss of two of their own with a prayer vigil.

Dominic Bilotta, 17, and David Cervoni, 16, were killed in a car crash Monday night in Scott County.

But, this prayer vigil wasn’t about how they died, instead it was about remembering how they lived.

“Their smiles, their ability to light up a room, their ability to be a part of our journey whether in large group setting or one-on-one, they empowered us,” Father Norman Fischer said.

The boys were teammates on the school’s cross country team. David was also on the varsity lacrosse team. Both of those coaches shared emotional speeches during the vigil.

“I remember Dave’s unlimited energy, I swear the kid was an energizer bunny,” Lacrosse Coach Devin Mayer said. “He had no problem busting out handstands, head springs, and kick ups on the field after a two hour practice.”

“Dom put his team before his own personal glory,” Cross Country Coach Bernadette Madigan-Dugan said. “Dominic was an important member of the boys’ team that won the 2018 State Cross Country championship, and he received a championship ring.”

An overflowing parking lot full of people gathered writing messages of support and favorite memories for family and friends.

Those cherished memories were the only silver lining to the dark cloud hanging over the community.

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