Bedford gathers to remember killed teen

BEDFORD – Visitation is scheduled today and grief counselors are on hand for friends of Colton Tew, the Bedford 16-year old killed weeks before he was set to begin 11th grade.

Tew – a hardworking Bedford native who studied welding while working at a local farm – died in a one-car crash in Cumberland Valley Township on Tuesday night, state police said.

His death is the first in years to hit Bedford High School, Principal Kyle Kane said Wednesday.

“If you’ve had to deal with this more than once, it’s too many,” Kane said.

Attending the Bedford County Technical Center, Tew studied welding, Kane said. An older brother graduated Bedford High School this year.

“Colton was a good kid. He’s going to be missed by his peers and the staff,” Kane said. “He was a hardworking kid; he had a number of jobs after school.”

Tew worked at Meadow Creek Farm, a Bedford-area dairy, and rode all-terrain vehicles and hunted in his free time, according to an obituary posted by the Berkebile Funeral Home.

Photographs online show a young Tew, clad in orange and camouflage, smiling with a rifle alongside his kills.

Friends are set to be received 3-8 p.m. today at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford. Funeral services are set for Friday.

Grief counselors will be available today for those at Bedford High School affected by Tew’s loss, Kane said.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.