Balloon Release Honors Central School Student Killed In Hit and Run

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Central school 7th graders released balloons into the air, just before kickoff of their homecoming game, Friday night.

It was in memory of the student who died this week in a Lauderdale County hit and run accident.

Da'Santo "Tay" Ingram was laid to rest Friday afternoon.

The balloons went up into the sky with a special message for the young boy, from friends and family.

“It just makes me feel better that I know where he`s at, he`s in a better place,” said Central School student, Austin Brewer. 

Friends, family and classmates released balloons into the air.  As they slowing floated away, many memories of Ingram floated up to the sky as well.

I know it meant a lot from his family and it meant a lot to our school,” said Brewer.

After a tough week, the homecoming game came as a highlight to many.  Ingram has brothers and sisters who go to Central so the pain of the boy's loss is felt throughout the entire school.

“It`s just sad, when I heard he got hit, it`s just a tragedy, I mean everybody was upset, it was a rough day at school,” said Brewer.

The Central School principal says, he thinks this memorial may begin to bring a sense closure for Ingram’s friends.

“I think they are starting to remember all the good times they had with him, and not the tragedy that happened the other night,” said Principal Ryan Harrison.

A memorial fund has been set up for Ingram's family.  If you'd like to donate, you can visit any Listerhill Credit Union location.

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