HOUSTON, Pa. (KDKA) — About 150 people gathered Friday night on the Chartiers-Houston High School football field in what organizers called a “vigil of hope and love.”
Billy Spillers was a 2001 Chartiers-Houston graduate.
After that, he joined the Navy, got married, raised a family and relocated to Washington State.
Spillers and two of his children are still missing after last weekend’s massive mudslide there.
His son was rescued from the debris on a Saturday. But the body of his young daughter was pulled from the landslide earlier Friday.
His former football coach, John Haught, said that Spillers was “an all-conference defensive end, [and] well-liked by his classmates and team mates.”
Scott Bard, a friend, said Spillers “was a great guy.”
“If you were with him, he wanted to make you happy,” said Bard.
At the time of last week’s mudslide, Spiller’s wife was not at home.