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County Mourns Loss of Central QB Sebastian Rivera

By Danny Aiello Jr

Twitter: @DannyAielloJr

Last Tuesday, RNRF brought you news of a Central High School student who was air-lifted to a trauma center after sustaining injuries from a motorcycle accident. It was confirmed that the student was Central Bears quarterback Sebastian Rivera.

Here is the original story: Central High Student in Critical Condition after early morning crash

It is with a heavy heart, we inform you that Sebastian has passed away today from injuries sustained in the crash.


Rivera. Photo via Twitter



Friday, all Hernando County football teams wore #3 decals on their helmets to honor their injured friend, and the students all wore white to school in a show of support for him.

There was a moment of silence before the Central – Weeki Wachee game and both teams lined the field for a prayer.

Photo Via Twitter

Photo Via Twitter

The outpour on social media was truly something to behold. #PrayFor3 took over twitter and Facebook and high school programs throughout the state had poured in their well wishes.

I had the privilege to interview Rivera a few times, and I had nothing but respect for him. He was always polite and the respect he gave was admirable for a young man of his age.

On behalf of the staff here at RNRF, our prayers and condolences go out to the Rivera family, his teammates and friends.

If you would like to help the Rivera family during this time, a Go Fund Me Page has been established and you can find it here: Sebastian Rivera Go Fund Me



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  • i hope your doing good up there i miss you man ..

    Saturday, 20 August 2016, 7:11 pm
  • I am so sorry for your loss, i know what you are feeling right now is terrible. there is nothing i can really say except, i’m sorry you must go through this. it hurts for awhile but always remember he will be with you everyday and every step of the way. #GOBEARS!!!#SEBASTIAN RIVERA

    Monday, 28 September 2015, 5:51 pm
  • Heartbreaking tragedy….
    I pray his family and loved ones find some kind of comfort knowing they have the support and we’ll wishes of SO many in the community .

    Monday, 28 September 2015, 2:50 pm

    Monday, 28 September 2015, 10:23 am
  • A life taken too soon. Prayers for peace, comfort, and strength for his family and all who knew him.

    Monday, 28 September 2015, 10:03 am
  • Sorry for your loss r. I.p little Angel

    Monday, 28 September 2015, 9:00 am
  • I know what it is to bury a son. I am sooooo sorry for your tragic loss. May Jehovah God be with you, your friends, family and the complete Spring Hill/ Brooksville grieving. May he give every single one of you, the strength that you need to endure this horrible loss! I didn’t know him personally, but I have been crying like if he was my son! I’m sooooo sorry. We all feel your pain. We love you guys. We really do!!!

    Monday, 28 September 2015, 2:32 am
  • Sorry to hear about this, fly high man

    Monday, 28 September 2015, 12:24 am

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 11:45 pm
  • So sorry for this loss,you are now with the angels r.i.p

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 11:11 pm
  • I’m so lost of words!!!! but I could tell you this The Delgado family is with you Rivera family !!!!! May God keep him in the Glory

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 11:08 pm
  • Prayers with the family. Rest in peace Sebastian

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 10:54 pm
  • So sorry for your loss on your son sebation. May he be with the angels and no more suffering. You will be terribly missed. R.i.p. xoxoxox

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 10:37 pm
  • My lord R.I.P Sebastian

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 10:28 pm
  • You were a star here on earth… You will surely be one of the brightest in the night sky. Rest in Peace and see you on the football field in the next life. #3 will be in our hearts forever!

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 10:16 pm
  • Very sad…my prayers for his family.

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 9:58 pm
  • Our Family and Community feels A Great loss and we pray for Him and his Family .

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 9:33 pm
  • Rest in Paradise my friend, prayers for the Family and fellow students…May you all find some Peace with Jesus at this sad sorrowful time !

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 9:33 pm
  • I’m at a loss of words for this he was such a great kid you had a beautiful soul may you r.i.p

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:53 pm
  • Heartbreaking! I have no words that could ever relieve one bit of the painful burden this family is bearing. God bless them all.

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:42 pm
  • Rest in Peace.

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:39 pm
  • So sorry for your loss.. so young rest in peace .

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:36 pm
  • May God have mercy on his young soul. Condolences to his family and friends. Very, very sad.

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:34 pm
  • R.I.P Bash! You put up a good fight and I’m so sorry you couldn’t pull through. You will be missed. Fly high #3

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:25 pm
  • RIp fly angel ? you earned your wings!

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:19 pm
  • RIP Sebastian. Prayers for peace and comfort for his parents and the whole family to have to go through this difficult time. My condolences from the botton of my heart

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 8:08 pm
  • So sorry to hear this sad news .. Rest in peace .. Prayers to friends and family!!

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 7:27 pm
  • I’m So very sorry For your loss

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 7:14 pm
  • Prayers to Sebastian’s family and so sorry for your loss

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 7:08 pm
  • Heavenly Father we lift up the Rivera family in prayer. Comfort the friends and family of this young man. You alone know the amount of grief. We pray this in the Holy blood of your son, Jesus.


    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 7:08 pm
  • R.I.P Sweet angel, Prayers sent your way.

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 7:06 pm
  • I am so sorry for your loss, prayers to this family. 🙁

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 6:57 pm
  • May this young man rest in peace with the Lord and may his family find peace and comfort in there hearts.

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 6:49 pm
  • So sorry for your loss .

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 6:38 pm
  • Prayers to his family. Such a young boy full of life and love

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 6:37 pm
  • Fly high baby boy

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 6:34 pm
  • Very sad…

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 6:21 pm
  • Rip Sebastian!!!!! Rest with the angels dear child!!!

    Sunday, 27 September 2015, 6:19 pm

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