Hundreds say goodbye to beloved Wellington teen

By Tara Cardoso - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WELLINGTON, FL (WFLX) - It is a life taken too soon. Family and friends of a popular Wellington high school student gather for a memorial so large it had to be moved.

Hundreds turned out Wednesday night for the memorial for 15-year-old Mathew Kornya, and hundreds walked away learning one very important lesson.

Mathew was just 15 years old. He only had a learner's permit and shouldn't have been driving without an adult that late at night, but that won't change the fact that he was a very loved teen with a lot of friends.

Friends tell us, "A lot of people cared for him. We're here to show him. There's a lot of kids here. a lot of love here."

There were so many that the crowd poured into the breezeway. Friends and family all wore his favorite color -- red.

Matt lost control of the sports car he was driving early Saturday morning on Greentree Trail in Wellington. He was not wearing his seatbelt, and he was thrown from the car.

Friends say he made some bad choices, but was overall a great kid. The other teen in the car was wearing his seatbelt, and he survived. Teens have now learned a valuable lesson to always wear their seatbelts.

Matt was a good kid. He loved fishing. He made good grades, and he had good friends. His parents want him to be remembered that way.