MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY—UPDATE: Friends and teammates mourn the loss of 17-year-old Benjamin Bynaker.
Bynaker was a receiver for South Western High School football team. The team was scheduled to have an 8:30 practice Monday morning. Instead however, team members came together to grieve the loss of one of their own. Friends and teammates say Bynaker will be missed and his memory will be cherished for a lifetime.
"Ben was a very good teammate and he was an outstanding student and he was a good friend to everybody which was why it was so hard for all of us because it's so hard to understand how somebody that would be such a genuinely good person could have something like this happen to them," said Daulton James, Bynaker's teammate.
"I'm definitely still in shock," said Tyler Burke, Bynaker's teammate. "I walked in here expecting to see Ben this morning sitting on the bench. You know, smiling like usual."
Bynaker's teammates told Fox 43 his smile was infectious and could brighten anyone's day.
"No matter what the situation was he would always be smiling," said Burke. "He's smiling right now looking down on all of us."
Monday's JV football game was canceled. The varsity team will play Friday. Players say they will play in Bynaker's honor. There will be a moment of silence during the game.
Three people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in York County. It happened Sunday between the morning hours and 3:15 p.m. along the 3100 block of Lily Springs Road in Manheim Township. Police say Gary Lee Bynaker, 57, shot his wife, Tammy Bynaker, 52, and then his 17 year-old son, Benjamin Bynaker before turning the gun on himself.
A concerned family member found the bodies after becoming worried when they could not get a hold of the family. Each of the Bynakers sustained a single fatal gunshot wound.
Investigators say the couple had been experiencing marital problems prior to the shooting.
Benjamin was a student at South Western High School and played on the football team. Counselors will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. to provide students with grief counseling.