DENISON, Tex. (KXII) Just days after Denison high school student Zachary Alvarez passed away from Leukemia, his community came together Thursday in his memory.
"He could walk into a room and just light the room up with his smile."
Zachary Alvarez was a son, a brother, a friend, a Yellow Jacket and a fighter.
Back in February, the 15-year-old was diagnosed with Acute T-Cell Lymphocytic Leukemia. But after battling cancer for several months he passed away on Sunday.
"I didn't really want to believe it at first and I just kept telling myself that it was not real."
"Its been very hard but I think its making us closer together," said his friend Brooke Finch.
Because he meant so much to others, his classmates and teachers put together this candlelight vigil to celebrate his life.
"A thing like this is always hard on you especially if you were close with the person but all of us coming together makes everything a lot easier," said his friend, Addison Cunningham. "It lifts everything off of your shoulders."
"He was such a good person and was so nice to everyone and could just make friends so easily and everyone just loved him," said another friend Ashley Colucci.
His friends remember Zach as someone who was always cracking jokes and say his humor and outgoing personality are greatly missed.
"That's what you really have to remember at these times.The good stuff. That's how you get through it," Cunningham said.
And this vigil isn't the only way the community is keeping Zach's memory alive.
During the Freshman Football game Thursday, his teammates stopped for a symbolic gesture. Preparing to kick an extra point, without their kicker.
A point that the Bearcats and refs gave in Zach's honor.
Other events in Zach's honor are listed below:
Visitation: Friday, November 10, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Dannel Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:00 am Sherman Bible Church