On Saturday, Dec. 23 a young life was taken suddenly, leaving a family torn and a community in shock. A few days later, more than a thousand people gathered together at Temple Beth El in DeWitt to mourn their loss and remember their friend.
Seventeen-year-old Scott Dubnoff was killed in a one-car crash on Woodchuck Hill Rd. in Manlius, just minutes away from his home. He was the sole passenger.
A senior at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Dubnoff was an avid baseball player, a high honors student with an entrepreneurial spirit, and popular among his peers.
As an athlete and teammate
Ryan Dera, a physical education teacher at Jamesville Elementary and baseball coach at J-D high school, knew Dubnoff very well.
"As a coach and with the team, you become a family -- very close-knit. You get to know [the kids] pretty well, " Dera said. "You feel secure with your teammates, your friends. [Scott] was very open with us."
Dera described Dubnoff as one of those kids who would do anything he could to help out his friend or his fellow teammate.
"When they were down, he would go over to them and make sure he could pick them up," Dera said. "He was what exemplified a good teammate and a good person. He truly was."
Laura Bond, a J-D High School counselor said he loved baseball. "Every time you would see him, he had on a baseball shirt or cap or something," she said.
As a J-D high school student:
Jamesville-DeWitt High School Principal Paul Gasparini knew Dubnoff, but not as well as Dera.
"Scott was a great kid and he didn't have any reason to be in the office," Gasparini said with a quiet laugh. "So he and I didn't ever have to interact on those levels but I'd see him in the hallways and we'd say hello and he was a very fine young man. You could tell looking at him how much integrity, how much intelligence he had. He carried himself with a great deal of dignity."