By: Emily Johnson
September 28, 2013
Tallahassee,FL- Family and friends gathered at the Enrichment Center on Lake Bradford Road to say farewell to the former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell was unexpectedly killed by a police officer in North Carolina on September 14. For family and friends saying goodbye has been difficult.
"To loose this guy and they way he left was a tragedy. We miss him, we love him and it's just a difficult time for the family, but we're all going to stick together," says Ferrell's high school football coach Ira Reynolds.
Reynolds also says he was always impressed with Ferrell. "Well what I learned is that there are young men that can do things the right way all the time and he epitomized that. He had the wisdom of someone 15 or 20 years older than him and it was just a blessing to have him around us."
Ferrell was a leader among the people who knew him and always made sure people were included in whatever he was doing. "As a captain he was a leader of the defense. I played linebacker he played safety. Every time I looked to my right or my left he was always there, It was just one of those feelings of comfort, because I was new to the school and he made me feel apart of the family an apart of the team," says former FAMU High teammate Darrius Stanley.
For the family and friends the service ended positive and upbeat, they praised the time they had with Ferrell and say they know there will be a reunion one day.
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