CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Sept. 16, tragedy struck the George Washington High School community. Freshman Drew Morton was in a car accident that morning and passed away later that day.
The school still mourns his death, using his football number, 73, in a number of ways. No one wants to forget him.
The Friday following the accident, the George Washington football team played Princeton High School, and each teammate touched Drew's jersey before the game. He has also been named an honorary team captain.
A scholarship has been created in his honor, too. Before the Princeton game, students released balloons to raise money for the fund. Notes were written and placed in the balloons, which were then let go on the school's football field.
Morton has been missed by many at the school, especially two of his closest friends, freshmen Matt Schwarz and Alex King. They aren't just missing a football player and classmate; they're missing their best friend.
"It's been tough since he passed away," King said. "I think the community has gotten closer through all this.
"When I found out what happened, I was stunned," he added. "I never thought it would be him. He seemed invincible to everybody, and it's just a shock that he's really gone. It didn't really hit me at first. It seemed like a dream. No one ever thought that something like this would happen to any of us."
Schwarz agreed, saying, "Life has changed a lot since the passing of my best friend. It's hard to explain, but I wake up every morning thinking I'm going to walk into school and see him standing there, smiling.
"The community has changed in a lot of different ways," he continued. "It's a lot quieter than it has ever been before. Everybody knew Drew, so it's been a lot different without him."