AUSTELL, Ga. - Students and faculty were among the hundreds who said goodbye to a Creekside High School football player who died after getting injured during a scrimmage game.
De'Antre Turman, a 16-year-old junior from Union City, broke his neck during a game against Benjamin Banneker High School in College Park.
The teen, who many knew as Tre Tre, was remembered at his funeral Saturday as more than just an standout athlete. Friends said he was a strong-willed person of strong faith.
Channel 2's Amanda Cook spoke with a friend outside of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell, where she saw dozens of cars streaming in to pay their respects.
"He meant a lot to a lot of people, and he changed a lot of people's lives. He changed my life, and I'm 33 years old," said Maurice Maddox.
Maddox said the teen taught him a lot about determination.
"Being on the field and not giving up. That's the thing. Not giving up," Maddox said.
Maddox said Turman was a Christian as much as a football player.
Coaches said the Seminoles' cornerback had a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky.
In an interview last week, Turman's family said the beloved teen died doing what he loved -- playing football.