Fillers Family Finds Comfort in Memories

By Lindsay Nielsen

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson (WBNG Binghamton) The tragic loss of David Fillers has left his family, friends, even strangers deeply saddened and troubled by his death.

Action News sat down with the Fillers Family as they shared memories about the life of their beloved brother and son.

21-year old David Fillers life was taken on New Years Day when police say he was killed by a former classmate.

But through all the pain and heartache the Fillers family is finding some comfort in honoring him.

"He's always outgoing, like to be a jokester, prankster. He was kind to everyone he knew, always helping out around the house, helping his friends with anything," says David's Brother, Jonathan Fillers.

The Fillers Brothers, Andrew, Jon, David, and Michael had an unbreakable bond.

That bond is something Jon will miss most.

"Just the brotherhood that we had the four of us together, going on road trips seeing family, I can't explain the brotherly bond that we had. It's been hard but it's also comforting knowing that we spent a lot of time together and have a lot of memories and shared a lot of important times in our life together," says Jon.

That includes going to Chenango Valley High School.

"He was just a really fun kid, just always a smile, loved to have a good time," says David's High school guidance counselor, Judy Hayes.

David's former guidance counselor says she'll never forget his quick wit, infectious smile, and the rabbit suit he had for Halloween.

"He always had is big rabbit head and bunny suit on and it couldn't help but bring a smile to anybody he encountered," says Hayes.

"He would wear it out and go downtown in the middle of the summer just hop around and hand out carrots," says Jon.

David enjoyed working on his car and wanted to become a mechanical engineer like his father and older brother Andrew.

Jon remembers some of his last moments spent with David.

"This picture was from December 30th we had a little campfire in the backyard and we had family and friends over just celebrating the time of year and just having a good time with family and friends," says Jon.

And it's been those family and friends who have helped the Fillers cope.

Jon looks to David, even now.

"I mean it's not easy but he would want us to continue with our lives and not dwell overly too much in this moment," says Jon.

A memorial benefit will be held at the House of Reardon this Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

All proceeds will go to a local charity of the Fillers family's choosing.

They are asking for a $10 dollar donation at the door.