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February 28, 2003

Ocilla- The halls of Irwin County Middle School are crowded with students who are dealing with the loss of a dear friend, and star athlete, Ricky C. Hall, Jr.

Sixth grader, Rashaad Devine says, "Ricky was my best friend. He was an awesome person."

Sixth grader, Marcus Moore, says, Ricky helped me deal with my aunt's death. He helped me feel better."

Now, school counselors say students have concerns about their mortality. Counselor, Janice Carlisle, says, "Now, students are wondering when they may die or when their parents will die."

While students are grieving, their grief can't compare to the pain Ricky's family is experiencing. Ricky's father says his son may be gone, but he will always hold him in his heart.

"Ricky had dreams. He wanted to go to college and maybe even own a business. I just know this happened for a reason. I have left it in God's hands."

Ricky's father says the funeral will be next Thursday.

Posted at 5:45PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com