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Vigil Held for Members of Liberty High School Family
Vigil Held for Members of Liberty High School Family

By Joshua Wikler

Communications Director, Liberty High School

Hundreds of students, parents and faculty attended a candlelight vigil service Thursday afternoon in honor of Lionel Nacua and Isaac Polu, two members of the Liberty High School family who passed away Monday.

Prior to the event, the community was invited to a barbecue on the school's football field where profits would be donated to the two families in mourning.

At the vigil, hosted by Athletic Director Louis Markouzis, students and other members of the Liberty community were invited to light candles in remembrance of those lost this week.  Following that emotional ceremony, Markouzis introduced Dr. Jeffrey Geihs, LHS Principal, who addressed the group.
Geihs began his remarks by speaking about the family structure that Liberty has created on its campus:
"It is often said that if one Patriot succeeds, we all revel in that success. Over the years, we have had much to celebrate as a family.  Unfortunately now, we need to use the creed that if one Patriot hurts, we all share in that grief."

Of Polu, Geihs said: "Very quickly, Liberty’s student body embraced [Isaac] as part of the Patriot Family.  [He] was a very personable young person," Geihs said of Polu. "He constantly made friends laugh around him as he embraced the lighter side of life."

When remembering the impact Nacua had on the Patriot campus, Geihs recollected that "[Nacua's] love for Liberty athletics extended into becoming a part of Liberty’s family. He was a dear friend to many members of the Patriot and Polynesian families around campus, donating both time and resources to ensure the success of many programs at Liberty."

Following Geihs' remarks, members of the grieving families were invited to speak.  One of Isaac Polu's aunts spoke first, followed by three of Nacua's children: Chanel and Kai of Liberty High School and Bishop Gorman sophomore Isaiah.

Donations were collected for both families at the vigil. Those funds in addition to the money raised at the barbecue, the Miracle Minute held earlier in the week, and proceeds from other fundraisers on campus that are redirecting funds to the families will certainly help as arrangements are made to lay these young men to rest.

Efforts to continue providing support to the families will continue next week as the school hosts Polynesian week and will be donating all profits from events associated with the week to the two families.

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