With tears in their eyes and heavy hearts, community members lit the way home for Noah Scott along Ocean Avenue in Lompoc early Saturday morning in an outpouring of support for his grieving family.
Noah's family announced his death late Friday night. The 15-year-old Lompoc boy died after a battle with leukemia. The family said they would be bringing Noah home from where he was being treated at UCLA.
An emotional chain of events followed as the Lompoc Police Department began mourning the loss and also planning a homecoming. Noah's father, Charles Scott, is a corporal with the police department, where Noah served as a police explorer.
The Lompoc community welcomed the Scott family home around 5:30 a.m. Multiple California Highway Patrol units escorted the family from UCLA, where Lompoc Police and Fire met them at Highway 1 & Highway 101.
The procession of first responders traveled down Ocean Avenue to A Street, then along A Street to Starbuck-Lind Mortuary. Many people lined the streets with candles, glow sticks and prayers for the Scott family.