CANTONMENT, Fla. (WKRG) — A high school athlete and his sister were honored Tuesday night before the Tate High School basketball game.
At least 500 people were there for the first basketball game without 15-year-old Sean Banks.
“It is a tough time because it’s not that we just lost a student,” Principal Rick Shackles said. “We lost a family member.”
Normally he would be playing on the court and his sister 22-year-old Antoinette McCoy would be cheering him on from the stands. Everyone was asked to wear white. Banks was number 40 on the court. A jersey was left with his number along with a signed basketball from teammates and two roses on a chair. Sean played basketball, football and baseball for the Aggies.
Adena Tyms had a class with Sean and misses his laugh.
“I had seventh period with Sean,” Tyms said. “He sat behind me. He was just an amazing person. We laughed together a lot and I enjoyed that class with him.”
Shackles said they have been overwhelmed by all of the support.
“I’ve had people calling me and wanting to help set up scholarships in his name and just going around and talking to the kids and what he meant to Tate High School and the impact he had on the students. Just an incredible young man,” Shackles said.
A GoFundMe page has now raised almost $22,000 for the family as they prepare to lay them to rest.