A Maine 15-year-old, one of three students killed in a single-car crash on Sunday, is being remembered by his loved ones for his love of music and baseball.
Thomas “Tommy” Porfirio of Benton, Maine, was in a car with four other students from Lawrence Junior High School and Lawrence High School when it crashed into a tree in Clinton. Authorities have said the 16-year-old driver’s inexperience and speed appear to be factors in the crash, which claimed the lives of Porfirio and sisters 14-year-old Emily Baker and 12-year-old Ashlin Baker.
The driver in the crash, whose name has not been released by police, and another passenger, 12-year-old Naveah Wilson, were hospitalized with injuries following the crash.
“Tommy loved to listen to rap music, play video games, baseball, and hanging out with his friends,” Porfirio’s family shared in the 15-year-old’s obituary.
Visiting hours for the teen are being held Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Williamson Performing Arts Center in Fairfield, which will be followed by a celebration of his life starting at 3 p.m. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations in the 15-year-old’s memory be made to the Lupus Foundation of America.
“You live in our hearts, and memories,” his family wrote. “We love you always, and forever.”
The 16-year-old boy who was driving in the vehicle at the time of the crash has since been released from the hospital, according to authorities. He did not have a driver’s license. Authorities have said the preliminary investigation indicates the crash occurred around 7 a.m. on Sunday when the vehicle, traveling on a straight section of Hinckley Road, struck an icy patch and went into an “uncontrolled” skid, striking a tree off the roadway on the passenger side.
Arrangements for 14-year-old Emily Baker and 12-year-old Ashlin Baker have not yet been finalized. According to the Morning Sentinel, Wilson is still recovering in the hospital but has spoken with police as part of the investigation.
Read the full obituary for Porfirio, shared by Lawry Brothers & Wheeler Funeral Homes, below:
BENTON, ME—Thomas “Tommy” J. Porfirio, age 15 of Benton, Maine, passed away tragically on Sunday, February 9, 2020.
He was born in Waterville, Maine on September 6, 2004, the beloved son of Antonio “Tony” Porfirio and Sheila (Marquis) Porfirio. He attended schools in Waterville, Maine, and Benton, Maine, and was currently a student at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine.
Tommy loved to listen to rap music, play video games, baseball, and hanging out with his friends.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Thomas J. Marquis; and his paternal grandfather, Antonio F. Porfirio.
Tommy is survived by his parents, Sheila and Tony Porfirio; his sister, Jenna (Porfirio) McClure and her husband, Thomas McClure; his brothers, Joshua, and Jacob; his niece, Jocelyn; his nephew, Vinnie; his maternal grandmother, Ann Marie Marquis; his paternal grandmother, Maria Do Carmo Sousa; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his girlfriend, Destyni Chase.
You live in our hearts, and memories. We love you always, and forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommy’s memory may be made to Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037-1830.