SKYLINE, Ala. (WHNT) -- As the school year comes to a close, students at one Jackson County school are faced with a very difficult goodbye. One of their classmates passed away in a wreck earlier this week, and now the students and faculty are remembering Matt Bullock.
"He was well liked by all students. You know when you have some that are with one group and some that are with another group, he seemed to fit in with all of them," Skyline School Principal Kevin Dukes says.
Matt Bullock was killed when the vehicle he was driving left Jackson County 39, 15 miles west of Hollywood, struck a tree and overturned, according to State Troopers.
"You can see student leaders coming together," Dukes says, "A group of them last night had a memorial service at a house, and somebody told me they thought there were 50 or 60 cars there and that was all student led."
Dukes says everyone is taking the loss of the junior hard, but coming together in their grief. "He would put a smile on everybody's face. He worked really hard to make other people happy," Dukes says.
"The junior class, they are planning to do a balloon release. His favorite color was purple, so they decided to get some purple balloons and they're going to do a balloon release at the cemetery the day of the funeral."
Students in other grades are also doing their part. "In a small community like this, it's amazing because it has strengthened the bond with not only the faculty and staff, the students, but the whole community," Dukes says.
Bullock's funeral is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Scottsboro Funeral Home.