Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Candles in dixie cups shined bright against a clear night sky as people gathered in the parking lot of the Binghamton Sports Complex to remember the lives of four victims.
It has been exactly one year since a tragic car accident claimed the lives of Joshua Henry, Tyler Houghton, Joseph Plevinski and Rose Kozlowski.
On Jan. 7, 2011, Plevinski, 55, was driving his grandsons, Henry, 7, and Houghton, 6, to play soccer at the Binghamton Sports Complex when he suffered a sudden heart attack sending them head on into another car.
The driver of the other car, Kozlowski, 56, also died.
"It's been a horrible year, everything is different," said Lindsay Henry, the mother of Joshua Henry.
Sole survivor Nataya Henry said she will never forget playing outside with her brothers.
"I'm absolutely so proud of my daughter, and how strong she's been through this whole thing," said Lindsay Henry.
Looking back, friends and family remember two young boys whose lives ended much too soon.
"Joshua was a little boy who enjoyed the woods," said Danielle Miller, Joshua Henry's aunt. "He loved to be in the woods and he loved animals. Tyler, I didn't know him to well, but I just thought he was brilliant and a beautiful little boy."
Some said they wished they could have said goodbye.
"Don't take anything for granted, live everyday as if it's your last," said Jennifer Mosco, who organized the vigil. "I know people hear that all the time, but seriously, you just never know. These boys were taken in an instant."
While trying to mend broken hearts that may never become whole again, family and friends released balloons into the air in honor of the victims.
"I was thinking about Josh and Tyler, that's all I could think about," said second-grader Domenik Perry.
They may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.