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Friends, Family Remember Solon Teen

Friends and family gather for a candlelight vigil on Jan. 4, 2016, for Tanner Wymer, a Solon...
Friends and family gather for a candlelight vigil on Jan. 4, 2016, for Tanner Wymer, a Solon High School senior who died when the canoe he was in capsized Jan. 3, 2016.(KCRG)
Published: Jan. 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM CST
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Family and friends Monday night remembered a Solon High School senior who died after the canoe he was in capsized.

17-year-old Tanner Wymer died after he and another man fell into Coralville Lake when their canoe capsized Sunday. Searchers recovered Wymer's body Monday morning.

The school held a candlelight vigil to remember the teen Monday night, and opened the building for students who wanted to spend time together.

Solon High School Principal Nathan Wear said Tanner Wymer was a multi-sport athlete and had a big impact on the community. He says during this difficult time people need to hold on to the memories they have of him.

"Tanner was a tough resilient kid . He was the student athlete who was always in the weight room all the time. He always worked hard no matter whether he was on the football field or wrestling mat. He was a thrower on track team. You can find him ... always giving his best. And that's what I'll remember the most about him that he gave 110 percent ," Wear said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says wind, waves, the current, or a combination of those caused the canoe to capsize yesterday.

Wymer and 51 year old Michael Felton of Solon were in the canoe to take a photo of a home.

Felton was able to swim to shore after the canoe flipped over.

First responders took him to University of Iowa Hospitals.