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Sebastian River High School remembers student

Posted at 11:04 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 23:39:39-04

The Sebastian River High School community is mourning the loss of one of their own, Kamaree Lyons, a senior. 

Hundreds gathered Thursday night for a memorial service and vigil on the football field. 

Lyons died after he collapsed asking off the basketball court following a pickup game. Initial autopsy results revealed some abnormalities in his heart. 

Lyons' friends said he loved sports, especially playing at Shark stadium, where they honored him.  It was his first year on the varsity football team and his number, 43, was retired. 

Friends, teammates, and family gathered under the moonlight and bright stadium lights to remember the large smile on an unforgettable man. 

"Always happy," one teammate remarked. 

"Kamaree was probably the sweetest kid," said Jessica Upchurch, the athletic director at Sebastian River High School. "The team took it really hard, and they are taking every chance to honor him."

She said he loved football, but basketball was his passion. 

"He was an all-around good athlete," said Upchurch. 

His impact during his short time here is evident by the vast support for his loved ones. 

"Everybody should never feel alone when they go through something so devastating in their life," said one woman who didn't know him, but wanted to show her support. 

His young life was cut far too short. 

"We had plans after this year. We were going to go to the same college," said Emmanuel White, his best friend. 

Grief counselors will remain at the high school this week.  Kamaree's celebration of life service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Central Assembly Church. 


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