Hundreds gather for vigil for former Eastlake star athlete

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — It was an emotional evening Wednesday in east Chula Vista as members of the Eastlake community came together to remember a young man who brought so much joy as than a baseball player.

Micah Pietila-Wiggs died in a car accident early Saturday morning. He was 21 years old.

During Wednesday night’s event, the community heard from a number of speakers, including friends, former teammates and Pietila-Wiggs coaches.

Speakers talked about the personality of Pietila-Wiggs, his laugh, how he made everyone feel like a best friend and, of course, his athletic ability.

Pietila-Wiggs’ father spoke last at the wake, through tears, recalling his last conversation with his son the day before the crash.

“It ended with the words, I love you son, and Micah replied, ‘I love you too, dad. Those were the last words we said to each other,” said Steve Wiggs.

Steve Wiggs says the family made a point of ending every conversation with a meaningful “I love you” and says that and with his son, it was always special.

“With Micah every moment was so rich, every time we saw each other, every time we said goodbye, we made sure it was a complete goodbye sealed with a hug and a kiss on the plays,” Wiggs said.

The vigil ended with a 21-second standing ovation, one second for each year of Micah’s life.

A Mealtrain and fundraising page has been set up for the family, if you would like to donate click on here.

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