Austin Armstrong's family and closest friends gathered at the Lafayette High School football field to support each other and share memories. His former football teammates had no shortage of words to describe him.
"We were all close. That was basically blood right there," says Darius Johnson.
"I'll always have a place in my heart for Austin. He was my best friend," says Abdel Matiz.
His mother, Ruth Greathouse, says he was always a good son.
"When he would look up and see me in the crowd, he'd smile and say 'Mom I'm here'," she says.
And the person who was perhaps the closest of all to him was his girlfriend of over a year, Rebecca Cooper.
"I planned on marrying him," she says.
She's still grappling with the death of the man who made her a promise.
"He promised me that he would love me forever and it was really hard for me to realize, but he did. He loved me his whole life. He loved me forever and it's just hard that his forever and my forever aren't really the same time, but I'll always know that he did. He never broke that promise," she says.
His teammates gathered together on the field they shared so much time on. His brother Jeffrey wishing that none of it were true
"I just keep waiting for the hospital to call and say he woke up. That it's not true," he says.
Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for Austin Sunday night in front of Lafayette High School. "It's really nice to see all his friends come together and see how many people really cared about him
and thought of him," Armstrong's sister Ashley Branson said, "He had so many friends, and this really shows his family that we didn't meet them all, but it really shows us how big of a people person he was and how many people really loved him."
Donations for his funeral can be made at any Chase Bank.