KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. – Knightstown Community High School was full of family and friends who said their last goodbyes Tuesday night to Dylan Hiner, a basketball star killed in a crash last week.
A fire truck led the procession down U.S. 40, followed by Hiner’s hearse. Not far behind was a bus full of Hiner’s teammates and loved ones. The procession passed by the historic Hoosier Gym – a place that played a big role in Hiner’s basketball career.
“Dylan's connection to the Hoosier gym actually goes way back. His sisters and brother actually played in the Hoosier gym with our youth league and so Dylan used to play in the bleachers,” said John Walters, Hiner’s uncle.
Several people said Hiner loved perfecting his game.
"He'd pretty much practice like every day you know, go his hardest on offense, slack off a little bit on defense, but who doesn't,” said Ben Bales.
Gym volunteers said they knew Hiner well. A group of them gathered outside of the gym wearing Hiner’s jersey number – No. 15.
"If you hung on the rim you got banned and I would go out and say, ‘Dylan if you hang on one more time I'm going to ban you for three days’ and he would just smile and say, ‘no you won't’ and he knew I wouldn't,” said Bob Garner, gym volunteer.