COLLINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT )- A community mourns the loss of a 13-year-old boy who was killed at a home on Sunday. The young man is remembered fondly by students and staff at Collensville High School.
"Eli was a very lovable young man. He was a good student, loved sports. He was small in stature, but had a huge heart. He played football, basketball, baseball, and always wanted to be right in the thick of it all." Said Collinsville Vice Principal Jason Barnett.
Collinsville High School brought in extra support from the Child Advocacy Center as well as additional counselors to help students and staff grieve. There's also a special folder which has been placed on Eli's locker.
"We had an envelope there where we where people could go and send, or write letters to him and share memories about him and share those off, so they could kind of just relieve some of those great highlights and relationships they had built with him over time," Adds Barnett.
On Tuesday, the school plans to wear pink in his memory, a color he could frequently be seen wearing in the halls.
"He enjoyed wearing pink shirts, and shoes and stuff, and different stuff like that, and we all wanted to gather together and wear that, just as to show some solidarity and support, and our love for him," says Barnett.
For now, Collinsville needs time to heal, but they're a community that will do that together.
"Collinsville is a close-knit community and we'll provide a lot of love, support, and encouragement for the family in the coming days," says Barnett.
If you'd like to help out his family they have opened an account with the Collinsville branch of Winsouth Credit Union to assist with funeral costs.