Gunter Eagle Scout creates memorial for fellow student who passed away

A year and a half after a Gunter High School student took his own life, his classmate created a memorial for him.

When Giovanni Rangel, a Gunter High School student took his own life in August of 2014, 18-year-old James Riddle, decided to focus his eagle scout project on honoring his fellow classmate.

"I got the idea because they planted a tree out here in memory of him and whenever I looked at this tree I didn't see any meaning in it really."

This tree located near the football field at Gunter High School was planted a few months after Rangel passed away.

In the Fall of 2015, Riddle began planning his project -- adding benches and landscaping around the tree.

"I figured I wanted to make people aware that its actually more important than it actually looks."

Something Rangel's mother, Desire Galvan, says she's thankful for.

"It made me very happy to know that his school friends and the community, you know to keep his memory alive."

Rangel was just 16-years-old when he took his own life.

His mother describes him as her side-kick and boy with a noble heart.

"He was a cheerful, loving, had a great personality. He had a amazing smile, contagious smile."

She says she's visited this tribute a handful of times and recalls the day Rangel would have graduated from Gunter High School.

"Just felt right to come out here and bring some roses for him."

Galvan says she's grateful for Riddle's contribution and sharing her son's legacy with the community.

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