SAN ANTONIO -

Friends and family fought back tears as they remembered 17-year-old Raynord Ellison at a candlelight vigil Thursday night.

Over the weekend, he was behind the wheel of a car when he lost control of it and died. Libby Ellison, Raynord’s mother said her son was a stand up young man.

“(He) was a well-mannered, well respected child, he was a good athlete,” said Libby Ellison.

Raynord’s cousin, Rico, was a passenger in the car. The accident left him with a punctured spleen and several cuts and bruises.

According to police, Raynord was speeding. When the car crashed, the two cousins were thrown out of the car.

Arlene Stewart, Rico’s mother, said the teen was speeding for a reason.

“There was somebody chasing him and it was not a joy ride and everybody should know that,” said Stewart.

Not only did friends and family have candles at the vigil, they also had balloons. Family members who had the balloons said the different colors represent all the different football teams he played on.

Raynord’s great aunt, Dolores Nichols held several balloons and said, “ I hate to see my little nephew go like that, he was real well mannered, and I’m going to miss him very much.”

As the balloons were released into the air in his memory, Raynord’s family said they were grateful to see all the people at the candle light vigil, because it showed them how loved their son was.

His funeral service will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Liberty View Church of Christ on 1719 Burleson Street.