HOWE, TX -- Students of Howe High School organized a vigil for John McDonough, who was expected to graduate this year.
DPS says he died after losing control of his vehicle on Bennett Road.
As candles were lit, friends and family cried while they shared memories of McDonough. They say he was fun, happy and always had a smile on his face. He played guitar in his church's band and was in a band of his own. They played at several venues around North Texas. Friends say he loved music and wanted to keep pursing that after high school.
The high school was open for friends to stop by his decorated locker.
"He would drop anything just to help you with anything you needed. And he was always nice, always smiling and just one of the friendliest people," Hannah Debner said.
"He was dependable, kind hearted, always there for me. He's pulled me through some really tough stuff. I don't really know what else to say. He was a great Christian. He was just, he was a guy I'd want to be," his best friend, Zach Mitchell said.
A memorial and visitation service will be held from 8 A.M. to noon Sunday at King's Trail Cowboy Church in Whitewright. The funeral will be held Tuesdayat 3 p.m. at the same location.