Friday, December 27, 2002

Boy's collection to fund scholars

Star Wars fan, 17, dies; Mom turns to eBay

The Associated Press

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - High school student David Facchiano loved Star Wars movies, and he accumulated hundreds of items based on the space adventure films.

After the 17-year-old died of a heart defect in March, his mother, Joyce, had to figure out what to do with Star Wars items stuffed into closets, filling a large cabinet in the living room and covering shelves in David's room.

David's parents decided to sell the extensive collection on eBay to raise money for a National Honor Society college scholarship named in his memory at Riverside High School.

Now David's friends are organizing and pricing the collection. Jean Masterson, Meghan Pomeroy and Sarah Shikner, all seniors and National Honor Society members at Riverside High School, began posting the items on the Internet about a month ago.

Ms. Pomeroy was with David, a junior at Riverside, when he collapsed during track-and-field practice. His headstone includes Obi-Wan Kenobi's famous phrase: "May the Force be with you!"

Joyce Facchiano kept some of her son's collection not for their value, but for their personal significance. She kept a stuffed Ewok that David gave her, a Yoda action figure and a Star Wars clock she just couldn't part with.

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