Family and friends of Jory Raber III gather for a candlelight vigil Thursday at the construction site in Newberry Township where Raber was killed Tuesday
Family and friends of Jory Raber III gather for a candlelight vigil Thursday at the construction site in Newberry Township where Raber was killed Tuesday when a trench collapsed. (Michael Felletter)

Cold temperatures were no match for the overwhelming community support felt at a candlelight vigil for a Goldsboro man who died in a trench collapse Tuesday afternoon.

More than 200 people crowded a parking lot near the construction site where Jory Raber III, 20, died to honor him and offer his family support. The crowd sang, prayed and shared stories of Raber together.

After an hourlong service, friends and family made their way up to place flowers and candles next to a large picture of Raber. A bonfire was started closer to the trench where Raber and a relative were trapped Tuesday.

The collapse: Emergency crews were called to the 1000 block of Old Trail Road in Newberry Township around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

J. Raber III
J. Raber III
Crews found Josh Gimmel buried waist-deep and Raber completely covered in rubble from a trench that had partially collapsed on top of them.

The men were installing a water drainage pipe in the trench when it caved in.

In the intense, multi-county recovery effort, emergency crews from York, Dauphin, Cumberland and Lancaster counties worked through the night and into Wednesday morning to free Gimmel and recover Raber's body.

Gimmel was transported in serious condition to Hershey Medical Center by helicopter Tuesday night. As of Friday morning, he remained there in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Raber died of compressional asphyxia, according to the York County Coroner's Office, which has ruled the death accidental.

OSHA is investigating the accident.

Services: Funeral services for Raber will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Cumberland. Burial will be in Tri-County Memorial Gardens, Newberry Township. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested for an educational fund being set up for Raber's unborn child. Contributions can be made to any branch of the Members First Credit Union or Fulton Bank, and a website is being created at joryraberfund.com.

- Reach Amanda Dolasinski at 505-5434 or adolasinski@yorkdispatch.com.