Community mourns loss of DC student, grad

Above, a casket carrying Divine Child High School senior Wayne Doran is wheeled to a waiting hearse following his funeral on Wednesday at Divine Child Catholic Church. Lining the sidewalks are DC students who attended the service. Below, a group of DC students sob as pallbearers wheel Doran’s casket from the church to the waiting hearse. In the background the DC band plays “Amazing Grace.” Doran, aged 17, was killed in a car accident on Sept. 19 along with friend and fellow Falcon, 22-year-old Paul DiMarco Jr. who graduated from the school in 2006. Some 1,300 attended the service, with many lining the parish grounds in silence. Later that day, mourners paid tribute to DiMarco at a funeral home a few blocks away.

Photos by J. Patrick Pepper

Photos by J. Patrick Pepper

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Funeral services were held last week for a Divine Child High School student and graduate as the community continues to mourn their Sept. 19 deaths.

DC senior Wayne Doran and 2006 graduate Paul DiMarco Jr. were killed instantly when they smashed into the back of a stationary semitrailer stopped for construction on I-94 near Middlebelt Road in a Ford Focus hatchback driven by DiMarco. Romulus police investigators said there were no skid marks behind the car, indicating that DiMarco was unable to, or didn’t, brake.

Reports indicate DiMarco and Doran were headed to Ann Arbor to shoot senior photos with a group of Doran’s classmates who were in a car following behind them. It is not clear what caused the accident, Romulus police said Thursday, and the incident remains under investigation. According to Secretary of State records, DiMarco has been cited numerous times for traffic infractions.

But as authorities pursue the evidence, a closely knit congregation has been tried by the loss of two members. Counselors have been busy all week at the high school where Doran, by all accounts, was well liked. The Rev. Jim Bilot, Divine Child pastor, said area Catholic schools and public schools, stepped up to offer extra counselors and support last week.

“It has been a trying week,” Bilot said. “A lot of students have gone down to talk to our counselors and it’s been tough on a lot of them (students). But teachers have been very understanding and if someone’s distracted they just go (for counseling).”

About 1,300 mourners packed Divine Child Catholic Church on Wednesday for Doran’s service, while later that day cars lined Schaefer for blocks for DiMarco’s viewing at McFarland Foss Funeral Home. At Doran’s service, high school students lined the front sidewalks in front of the and around the church to observe an extended silence. Upon completion of the Mass, the students returned to the sidewalks as Doran’s casket was wheeled into the hearse.

A passer-by with no apparent relation remarked on the scene of the students, many wiping back tears, saying goodbye to their classmate and friend.

“It’s just too soon and it’s so sad,” she said, shaking her head. “Look at these kids, I just feel terrible for them. And the families.”

People who knew DiMarco and Doran said they shared a love of photography and met through DiMarco’s sister, who is a senior at DC. And both had roots in the DC community, Bilot said.

“Both kids went (to DC) since grade school,” Bilot said. “Paul’s mom works on fundraising events for the church, and everyone at the school knew (Doran). The students are coping, but it hasn’t been easy,” said Bilot.

Doran is survived by his parents, Randy and Lisa Doran, his grandparents Wayne and Maureen Doran and Richard and Mariann Cramer. The elder Wayne Doran was the former president of Ford Motor Land Development Corp. The younger Doran also is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was buried at Mount Kelly cemetery on Cherry Hill Road.

DiMarco, whose funeral Mass was Thursday at DC, is survived by parents Paul and Connie; sister Angela; twin brother Gregory; grandparents Frances and Nunzio Curcuru; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.