The Edison Intermediate/Middle School community is mourning the loss of Ian Lynch, 13, who died last week in an accident during a family vacation in Virginia.

The Edison Intermediate/Middle School community is mourning the loss of Ian Lynch, 13, who died last week in an accident during a family vacation in Virginia.

Lynch, who was entering eighth grade, was remembered at a candlelight vigil held Sunday night at the school.

His principal, seventh-grade teacher and soccer coach remember Lynch as a quiet and caring boy.

"Ian was a kind, intense, athletic boy," Edison principal Bob Baeslack said. "He was growing up to be a remarkable young man. He was truly a model of integrity."

And he was "a real soccer guy," Baeslack said.

Lynch's soccer coach, Jeremy Rummer, noted that the 13-year-old's enthusiasm for soccer and for being part of the team was obvious, especially during this summer's open field practices.

"It was great to watch all of the effort he was putting in to get better as a soccer player," Rummer said.

The team is comprised of seventh- and eighth-graders and Lynch was taking on the role of a team leader, he said.

"All the younger guys were looking up to him," Rummer said.

Lynch was a student in seventh-grade teacher Diana Powell's class last school year.

"Ian was a quiet, shy kid who like many seventh-grade boys come to school primarily to be with their friends," Powell said.

"I was able to connect with him with books," she said. "I introduced him to a series of books and he just loved those books. He'd come to class and ask me, 'Is the next one in yet?'

"My heart is broken," Powell said. "The students in your class are almost like your own kids. You get to know them and each one is special to you."

She said she will remember the obvious love and concern Lynch had for his family, for his mother and younger brother.

"You could see he cared so much about them," Powell said.

Edison was open last Saturday so students could talk with guidance counselors and other staff members, Baeslack said.

"It's our role to be here and to be alongside the parents to help our students through this loss," he said.

Rummer said the soccer team has met since Lynch's death and his teammates have talked about wanting to do something to honor his memory.

"They've really pulled together," he said. "They've lost a teammate and they've lost a friend."

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, 1177 W. Fifth Ave.