Football and tears don't typically mix, but in remembrance of Andrew "Pee Wee" Joseph III, both were appropriate.
Andrew was an honor roll student and a humble kid who was always smiling. His favorite place to be was right on the football field as a Brandon Raven.
"Phenomenal kid to coach and be around. Glad I had six years with this kid; he was fantastic," said head coach Alton Harrison.
"We love you, and we'll never forget you and we'll all miss you," said teammate Lenny Batran.
He died Friday night after being struck by an SUV while trying to cross I-4. Deputies say he was caught up in the chaos that night at the state fair, and he was told to leave.
For some reason, he eventually chose to try to run across the highway.
"I didn't believe it at first; it was so unreal because I had just seen him at the fair," said teammate Kristian Santana.
For his parents, Thursday's vigil was a first step in the healing process and a chance to remind other kids that tomorrow is never a guarantee.
"Just to love your kids each moment is precious, Pee Wee is my son but he was everyone's son," said his father, Andrew Joseph Jr. "He's in a better place; he died with a pure soul a pure heart."
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