Friends remember soldier killed in car crash
A vigil was held Thursday night for the soldier killed in a car crash on Lincoln's northeast side.
Private First Class William Norder died when the vehicle he was driving struck a fire hydrant and rolled several times before landing on the side of a vacant house. Norder was on leave from Iraq and set to head back overseas next Tuesday.
Norder's friends gathered at the scene of the wreck, near 66th and Dudley streets, to pay their respects to a friend they describe as loyal. Taylor May said a prayer for her friend. “We lost something good today. We lost a good friend. We pray that you just be with us and comfort our hearts.”
May says her friend will now be their angel. “I'm going to think positive because I know Will wouldn't want people to mope around about him.”
She grew up with Norder and was with him just 20 minutes before the crash. The news came as shock and heartbreak. “He's one of the most loyal people I know. As long as I've known him, anything that I should ever need, I know that he would definitely be the person.”
As friends gathered around the scene of the crash, they embraced each other in hugs and tears and placed flowers and cards in the spot where the life of their loved one was lost.
May says, “I miss him already. It hasn't even been 24 hours and I miss him. It's shocking and hard to believe that he's not here. He should be standing here with us. It's hard.”
Norder's friends say they're sure he had not been drinking before the accident.
No word yet on when a funeral will take place.