The Patnaude family moved to Chesterfield County from Texas just two years ago. They say it's amazing to see what kind of impact Tyler had on those around him.
"He would've loved this so much. He loves everyone who's here today,” said Chandler Bolin, Tyler’s best friend.
Hundreds of people came out to the vigil at Woodlake Pavilion.
"This place was Tyler's place. He loved to sail and the water is where he loved to be,” said Yvonne Patnaude, Tyler’s mother.
Tyler was a senior planning to attend New Mexico Military Institute after graduation. He also loved sailing, playing tennis, and most of all, his friends.
“He's been such a good friend to me. We love him so much and we miss him. I can't imagine my life without him right now,” said Bolin.
Tyler's parents say their faith keeps them going.
“God is good and he gives us peace and comforts us. Tyler was a born again Christian and he knew the Lord as his Savior, so we know where he is. We don't have to worry that he's suffering,” said Tyler’s mother.
And so now they’ll remember the good times they shared with Tyler.
“Even on Friday, the day of the accident, he texted me during school just ‘Hey do you want to hang out?’ So I hung out with him all third period. One day you're here, one day you're gone,” said friend Dyllan Bergman.
“He was sweet, he was so grateful, he would always say thank you. He appreciated everything that everybody did; he was a giver,” said Yvonne Patnaude.
“He's touched all of our hearts. And God needs to touch our hearts and show these people how much we need to love each other,” said Bolin.
There will be a memorial service for Tyler at Clover Hill Assembly of God in Chesterfield on Tuesday, April 29 at 3 p.m.