Paralyzed teen who dove into sandbar passes away in his sleep

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- A teen who was paralyzed when he dove into a crashing wave and hit a sandbar almost a year ago has passed away.

In June of 2016 Trevor Claar was celebrating graduation with his best friends when he broke his neck. Paramedics flew the 18-year-old to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where doctors told him he crushed part of his spine, and may never walk again.

Over the past year 13News Now has met with Trevor and his family multiple times. 

We saw his family receive an amazing new home from "Extreme Makeover: Home edition." The renovated home included ADA ramps, spacious rooms, and a handicap accessible shower.

We were there when hundreds of people showed up at a benefit hosted by Trevor's former employer, Harpoon Larry's. The donations poured in to help with Trevor's medical expenses. 

And in December 2016, 13News Now reported that vandals had stolen construction materials from the Claar home. 

On Wednesday evening, a post on a Facebook dedicated to Trevor's journey revealed that he had passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning. Trevor passed peacefully in his sleep. 

The family will hold a visitation for Trevor Friday, June 2 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Weyworth Funeral Home. 

A service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, June 3 starting at 11 a.m. That service will be held at Freight Shed located at 331 Water Street at Yorktown Beach. The family asks that friends wear bright colors to honor Trevor's "bright and uplifting personality." 

The family asks that instead of flowers, those who wish to show their support help with funeral expenses. 

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