Hundreds Mourn 16-Year-Old Basketball Star Today [VIDEO]
The funeral for the 16-year-old basketball star, Wes Leonard, who passed away last Thursday after winning an important game, was held Tuesday at a western Michigan church.
Hundreds of mourners, many wearing orange ribbons, filled a western Michigan church Tuesday for the funeral of a 16-year-old star athlete who collapsed and died after scoring a winning basket for his high school team.
The funeral for Wes Leonard was held less than a day after his Fennville High teammates shed their grief for a few hours and won the first game of the state basketball playoffs in front of 3,500 fans.
Leonard died of an enlarged heart last Thursday, moments after his shot gave the undefeated Blackhawks another victory.
At Christ Memorial Church, the Rev. Gary Peterson opened the service with a prayer and recalled Leonard’s love for sports, the outdoors and his Christian faith. Orange is a school color, and orange flowers and ribbons were everywhere.