Friends of missing WWU student gather for vigil



Posted on October 2, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 3 at 11:03 AM

AUBURN, Wash. - It's been a week since Western Washington University freshman Dwight Clark disappeared after leaving a party in Bellingham.

Friends in his hometown of Auburn got together Saturday for a candlelight vigil. Brianne Tracy handed out fliers at Brannan Skate Park. The park was Clark's favorite hangout spot, and it's where Brianne first met him three years ago.

"I've never known someone to go missing so to hear about this I wanted to show my support and show his family that people are praying for him and are worried," she said.

Clark did what most of the younger skateboarders at the park hope to do one day, he left Auburn and went off to college just two weeks ago Last week, after leaving a party in downtown Bellingham, he vanished. His friends in Auburn still can't believe it.

"I've known him for awhile, he's one of the best kids from around here I think," said 18-year-old Kyle Bourbanis.

He's known Dwight since the 8th grade, and although they went on to separate high schools they'd always meet up here.

"It's like he's there one day and then he's not. He's not around and we don't know where he's at," said Bourbanis.

This weekend his friends wear "Forever Green" shirts, part of a T-shirt line Clark founded last year, and green ribbons hang throughout Auburn, a reminder that the search for him continues.

"There's a lot of people trying to do stuff to find him," said Bourbanis. "We just want him to try to hang in there. (Dwight) there's a lot of people that love you and miss you."

More than 150 people spent most of Saturday searching in Bellingham. Clark's parents were also there. A reward of more than $16,000 has also been set up for information on Clark's whereabouts.

More information on Find Dwight Clark Facebook page