Family, friends to build artificial reef in memory of Danny McCauley

Teen was killed in crash on Feb. 22

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - They can no longer lean on Danny, so they lean on each other.  Friends and family of Danny McCauley, 17, are coming together nearly two months after the Palm Beach Central High School Junior was killed.  His vehicle crashed on Forest Hill Boulevard the morning of February 22.  McCauley was on his way to pick up a friend to bring him to school.

Danny was a standout student athlete, always part of the team and always giving of himself, say his friends.  "It just helps us get through it," said Macauley Roman, who has spent nearly every day with Danny before the crash.  "It's good to have friends going through the same thing as you," he said.

The inside of the McCauley home is filled with messages and photographs - all memories - of Danny's life.  "If it were someone else who had passed away, he would have shown a lot of respect for them," said Zach Stroes, who had been friends with Danny for about seven years.  "He would have helped out a lot," said Stroes.

Danny's mother, Jae, says she learned so much more about her son's life after he was suddenly taken away.  "It is hard," said Mrs. McCauley.  "It is never going to be the same because we lost a beloved child."  This mother is part of a larger group of friends and family working to create a permanent memorial for Danny in the form of an artificial coral reef.  The reef is planned to be located off the coast of Palm Beach County.  "His beautiful life has really impacted a lot of people who do not know Danny," said his mother.  "That's what really motivated me to make something memorable of Danny so people can hear about Danny," she said.

Danny's loved ones have launched , a website dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the artificial reef project.  Also there, information about Danny's life.  One of the first major fundraisers for the reef project is a Car Show on Saturday April 21.  Log onto for the latest information.

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