Soccer game held in honor of Marine fatally shot in Dunmore

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DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Lackawanna County high school community mourned the loss of a young alumni who was shot and killed last Friday in Dunmore.

22-year-old Tyler Sitar spent most of his time on the soccer field when he was a student at Dunmore High School. Friends, family, and former teammates took to the turf to commemorate the legacy he left behind.

Dunmore High School alumni faced off against the varsity soccer team Friday night in honor of Sitar, who graduated in 2017. The memorial game was organized by Sitar’s longtime friend and former teammate Noah Barton, in the very place their friendship began.

“I was playing soccer on the grass field, and he was playing with somebody, and he invited me to come over and play with him, and that’s how I met him,” Barton said.

After high school, Sitar went on to attend Lackawanna College and serve as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Dozens of people came out to show their support and share memories of their time with him.

“He was amazing, he was funny, he could get along with anybody, he made friends constantly, he was just an amazing person to be around,” Barton said.

Bobby Kersavage was best friends with Sitar since the third grade and played alongside him on the soccer field. He says the response from the community is a testament to the incredible person he was.

“His personality… Outrageous, nice kid, down to earth, he would do anything, take the clothes off his back for anybody,” Kersavage said.

Donations were collected at the game to help Sitar’s family.

“He’ll forever be in our hearts,” Kersavage said.

Sitar was laid to rest Friday morning in his hometown.

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