The Valley Heights community is mourning the loss of high school teacher and coach Lamar “LEW” E. Whitson III, who died Friday in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 77 near Manhattan.

A candlelight vigil was held for the Whitson family Saturday night at the school’s football field. Whitson’s wife, Jill, also a Valley Heights teacher, was seriously injured in the accident at the Riley corner on U.S. 77 in Riley County.