‘Life is so short’

Friends and family remember Spencer McGregor with candlelight vigil Friday night.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 20, 2013


The soft flicker of candlelight lit the faces of friends and family remembering Spencer McGregor.

More than 50 people gathered for a candlelight vigil Friday night at the Grand Haven Church of the Nazarene to remember McGregor.

Through tears, family and friends shared their memories of the 18-year-old who died April 6 after losing control of the Jeep he was driving on Mercury Drive in Grand Haven Township. The SUV went off the road, rolled over and struck a tree.

An investigation into the crash continues.

The 2012 Grand Haven High School graduate’s sister, Autumn McGregor, remembered her brother as "a sweet kid."

Autumn recalled a time she and Spencer played with makeup and nail polish. The two decided to dress Spencer in women’s clothes and introduce him to their grandmother as Autumn’s friend. It took their grandmother a few moments to realize it was Spencer dressed up, Autumn said with a laugh.

“I’m going to miss him a lot,” she said.

As friends shared how they will miss the teen, a friend of Spencer’s mother spoke about how grateful everyone should feel for having him in their lives, even though it was for a short time.

She encouraged everyone to love and live at all times.

“This life is so short,” she said.

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I am so tired of people feeling sorry for people when they are idiots. The kid had a suspend drivers license. Had a history of a problem with pot. What they should have had was a candlelight vigil for the fact that he didnt kill anyone for being such a stupid person. Driving with no license and at a high rate of speed. What would have happen if he killed a family or the parents of some kids. This is what is wrong with this country people feel sorry for the dumb and crimmial people of this country. Instead we need to make the punishment so severe they wont do the crimmail things anymore. Just like the public is pushing for background checks for gun purchase. Why not just make the punishment fit the crime. If you kill or rape someone you are excuted the next day after you are found guilty. For example the guy that killed all of them people in tat movie theather sould be excuted the next day it was proven on camera he was the shoot no need to waste the money on a court case for him not sit on death row for 12 years on my tax dollars. Everyone that murders someone is insane so if someone at their case says they were insane the judge says thank you for telling us that you are insane court ends at that moment and that person is excuted the next day. If the courts would wrk that way you wouldnt have people breaking the laws the way they do now. Just like a druck driver that kills someone same punishment death next day. Our crime rate would drop to almost nothing.


Yes, our crime rate would go down to near nothing. Just as it did in Iran in 1979, China in 1911, the USSR in 1924, and so on throughout history. I believe we are living with the lesser of the two evils. Even the worst American gets his due process and less than cruel and unusual punishment. I can't argue with the rest of what you say.


Personal responsibilty for one's action is what you are talking about. We no longer hold that in high regard in this country an we therefore live with these problems in todays society.

The really sad part is when you point out this as you have done, you get attacked as insensitive when you actually are more sensitive by trying to point out the problem that needs to be fixed! You want to save lives through accountability, they try to idiot proof life by resticting responsible peoples lives! They are attacking the wrong people!!


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