Coaches,staff, students gather to remember Marquez Eubanks

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News 12 at 11 o'clock

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)--It's been three days since the death of 19-year-old Marquez Eubanks.

A former football player at Lucy C. Laney High School, his absence has been felt by many including his former high school football coaches.

"For us as a football team, for a kid that was that close to us it's difficult," said Head Football Coach Lemuel Lackey. "It's difficult for myself because you grow to love a kid like they're your own."

"The community is hurt and the staff is hurt as well because he was a very good kid," said Assistant Coach Marquette Sims.

Head coach Lemuel Lackey and Marqueete Sims worked with Eubanks during his four year football career at Laney.

"His nickname was smush," said Sims. "And he went hard he played hard."

"This young man, more than most, he was a good kid to us," said Lackey.

"He gave it his all when he was out on the field and we hated to see him graduate because he was one of those kids any coach would want to have," said Sims.

Eubanks was shot and killed Thursday night after a party where there were more than 100 attendees.

Seventeen-year-old Dijon Abbott is now behind bars for the alleged shooting death of Eubanks.

Raising the issues of violence in the community.

"Parents are more or less are holding their kids and just trying to teach [their] kids about the perils that are out there in this society," said Lackey.

"Hopefully it's a wake up call to the community," said Sims. "Hopefully it won't be no retaliation."

And although the official candlelight vigil at the school was cancelled, it didn't stop dozens of students from gathering to to pay their respects to Marquez.

There were more than 100 people who gathered Lake Olmstead who came together despite the official vigil being cancelled.

Students have also been honoring Marquez on social media by posting pictures and changing their online names to "Smush," his nickname.

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