"I'm going to miss him forever," Healtley said in a news conference last week. "I just want to thank the Snyder family for their support … they're an amazing family," he said.
Heatley still faces vehicular homocide charges stemming from the accident.
A Supportive Community
The Snyders are quick to point out that even though people have said that they are amazing, they do not feel that they did anything special.
"We've been surrounded by amazing people throughout this whole thing and it's those amazing people that are keeping me going," Luann Snyder said. Members of their tight-knit community showed up by the hundreds for Dan Snyder's funeral. His team keeps his memory alive, proudly wearing his number "37" stitched on their jerseys, above their hearts.
"We want to move on and we want everyone to heal, but we do have a long road to go yet," Luann Snyder said. "But we know that we'll get there. There is a light at the end of the tunnel."
For a family and friend forever bound in tragedy, forgiveness was the first step toward that light.