By: Matt Galka
Sept. 18th, 2013
Tallahassee, FL -- Dozens of friends and family members sat in Lee Hall auditorium on FAMU's campus to remember Jonathan Ferrell.
Members of the FAMU football team embraced Ferrell's family. Ferrell's high school football coach Ira Reynolds remembered the pranks Jonathan would play when they went out to dinner.
"He would tell him it's my birthday. and they would sing the happy birthday song and it was every week. it took me a while to figure out who it was," said Reynolds.
FAMU head football coach Earl Holmes recruited Ferrell. He'll never forget his spirit for life on and off the field.
"I walked over to the sideline he hit me on my butt and said hey coach I can change practice around just put me in the game, put me in practice, I'll show em what I'm talking about. long story short I put jonathan in the game, maybe two or three plays later, he clean clocked this one guy and changed practice," said Holmes.
Ferrell's brother Willie sat next to Jonathan's fiance before thanking the crowd and giving them one last memory of the friend they lost.
"Just for the words of Jonathan, I want to say he loved everybody, he loved you all, and I promised him that I wouldn't cry and I didn't," said Willie Ferrell.
Jonathan Ferrell's family didn't want to comment about his death after the vigil. Earlier Thursday, FAMU High's coach Reynolds announced that they'd be retiring Jonathan's number 28 jersey next month.
As for the actual case, a district attorney in North Carolina is now calling for the state attorney general's office to prosecute Officer Randall Kerrick.
Press Release: FAMU
WHAT: Florida A&M University (FAMU) football team gathers for Prayer Vigil tribute to former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell.
WHO: FAMU Football team
SGA President Anthony Siders
Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith
FAMU Head Football Coach Earl Holmes
FAMU DRS Football Coach Ira Reynolds
Dean of College of Education Patricia Green-Powell
Football Chaplain Reginald Hutchinson
Members of the Ferrell family
WHEN: September 19, 2013
WHERE: Lee Hall Auditorium
WHY: The FAMU Football team will pay tribute to fallen Rattler Jonathan Ferrell prior to departing for the game in Ohio. The event is open to the community.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.