“From the moment he was born, I knew my baby was gonna be special. Everybody loved him,” she said. “Straight A student. Captain of the football team. He loved football. He made himself known everywhere he went. He loved to dance. Everybody just loved him. He was the life of the party.”

“He was starting for football at McCowan Middle School this year,” Thompson said. He wanted to run track. Pick up his endurance to be a better football player because that was his passion.”

That track team ran in regionals on Monday without Ricky. They took a moment to pray for their friend and wore shirts with a picture of him in his football uniform.

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