ATLANTA -- In the crowded halls of Benjamin E. Mays High School, one face now stands out above others.
For students, the mural erected in the main hall of the school serves as a memorial and a gathering place -- a chance for students to stop and remember Marquez Montgomery.
"If you go through and read it, read some of the things the kids are saying, you're like, 'Wow, he impacted a lot of people,'" said Mays Football Coach Niketa Battle.
Marquez, a defensive tackle for Mays, played his final football game Friday night, the end of a strong playoff season for the school. Just 72 hours later, he was gone.
Now, his beloved football community is rallying to help his grieving family. A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to help cover funeral expenses.
"It came to fruition from some of our parents; they wanted to do something good for the family," Battle said.
Soon, that "something good" spread: students, teachers then others beyond Mays High started pitching in. Even APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen tweeted a link.
"Getting a lot of good support from the community. Folks that don't even know the kid, but everyone wants to help out," Battle said.
Funeral arrangements for Marquez have now been released. He will be buried Monday, Dec. 5 at noon at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Campbellton Road.
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