It was a tearful ceremony hundreds gathered on a baseball field in Vineland to remember the life of Jermire Lowery.
Nicknamed “fancy feet” for his unique way of running the bases, tears flowed as family and friends remembered their lost loved one.
"Its amazing, its amazing,” said Jermire’s Father, Jerome.
“I wasn't expecting this. Like I said, I didn't realize my son touched so many lives."
"He was just a ray of light, there was no dull moment with Jermire. He was funny," said teammate Elijah Febus.
Friends signed posters dedicated to Jermire and lit candles. Memorials were constructed at each base and after a ceremony that included poetry, song and prayer, balloons were released to the heavens.
"Known for making people smile and laugh and in a time like this he would want us to smile and laugh," said Jermire’s father.
"He was out going, very outgoing, always making us laugh,” said teammate Julian Rodriguez.
“Every time we were down he always tried to make us laugh, right now if he was here I know for a fact he'd make every single one of us laugh."
Team mothers from Jermire's baseball team helped organize the vigil and donations were collected to help support Jermire’s family as the holidays approach.
And as teammates and loved ones gave their emotional goodbyes, a community was left once again having to say goodbye to a ballplayer, a friend, and a son gone too soon.
"I always called him a young star and that's exactly what he was," said Jerome Lowery.
"Everybody loves you Jermire, we all miss you and till we meet again, we love you bro," said Febus.
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