CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—More than 100 people gathered at Caroline High School on Monday night to honor Thomas Wendell Wheeler II, who passed away unexpectedly last week.
Wheeler is remembered as a caring boy who loved sports, his faith and had a quiet nature.
"Every time we see him, he had a real bright smile on his face," said Jamal White, one of Wheeler's friends.
Wheeler's family, friends, classmates and fellow church members showed up on Oct. 21 to pay their respects and light candles for the 15-year-old who collapsed in gym class last week.
"This is a difficult time for the high school, as we lost one of our own last week," said Caroline High School Principal Jeff Wick.
Wheeler was laid to rest on Friday. Those who knew him best shared their memories, thoughts and prayers on Monday night. Students at Caroline High left messages for him on four different banners, which were given to Wheeler's parents. His family is trying the best it can to move forward.
"Everybody's been holding up, but there's still some that has a broken heart," White said.
Wheeler never missed a Sunday at Jericho Baptist Church and was passionate about his faith. His friends say they'll never forget him.
"It's been tough," said Myles Stevens, a friend of Wheeler's. "But as time goes by, we know that God loves us."
Wheeler's parents and family members say they're appreciative of all the prayers and support they've received from the public.
The cause of the teen's death is still under investigation. Stay with 8News for updates.
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