By: Erika Fernandez
March 4, 2017
GRETNA, Fla. (WCTV) -- A heartbreaking day in Gretna As hundreds of family and friends said goodbye to 16 year-old Malcolm Sipling. Sipling was killed in a rollover crash in Gadsden County on February 24. Officers say he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Malcolm’s basketball coaches told WCTV that Sipling was a one-of-kind player and teammate. On Satruday, his childhood friends said they will never forget his smile.
"I still can't believe it, it still feels so unreal. But when I go in there and I see that person in there, I got to seal the fact," said Malcolm’s friend, Eddie Calloway.
Sipling's neighborhood friends said he enjoyed making everyone laugh, and there wasn't a single person that could keep his spirits down.
"No, not Malcolm, not the one that always smiled, that made us laugh. He would talk to you about anything, he was always real," said Malcolm’s friend, Rayunna Calloway.
But more than anything, his friends said he loved the game of basketball.
"You couldn't get him to play nothing else. He'd come outside, just him and the ball, like, 'let's play.' we'd say, 'let's play hide and go seek.' he'd say, 'no I’m going to the basketball court,'" said Malcolm’s friend, Taiyra Balker.
Family and friends said they are still in disbelief, but they’re holding onto the memories they say will help his spirit live on.
"We all hurt at the same time but we know that Malcolm wouldn't be down, so we're all trying to keep our head up, because he never held his head down, he always kept his head high," said Malcolm’s friend, Wayneria Jones.
The Godby basketball team served as honorary pallbearers on Saturday. Malcolm's family said he dreamed of being a NBS player and a doctor.