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Candlelight vigil held for Houston football player

“I’m lost for words but I want to thank everyone for coming out and sharing in this moment with us,” said the mother of William Anderson, who collapsed during a Monday night football game.

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 11:22 PM
Updated: Sep. 12, 2018 10:43 AM

HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - “I’m lost for words but I want to thank everyone for coming out and sharing in this moment with us,” said the mother of William Anderson, who collapsed during a Monday night football game.

That's all Anderson's mother could say after her son's passing.

A life gone too soon.

The ninth-grader who played on the offensive/defensive line for junior varsity.

WTVA spoke with his pastor at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist.

“He’s a fine-loving, young man," said Pastor Willie Lairy. "Very active in church, choir what have you. I baptized him, and I’m a believer in when I baptized you, I believe that you’re saved.”

Pastor Lairy says the news was hard to bear.

“Devastated, I was devastated," Lairy shared. "The only clue that I had was about three nights ago. I had to pray for two hours. I wondered what was going on. I didn’t know until this happened. It was getting me ready.”

At the vigil, a classmate of William's sang and he later told me what his selection meant.

“It just shows even after this tough time and in the crying moment, God is still awesome," said classmate Kirkoyn Johnson. "He just had a smile that lightened up everybody’s day and he had good vibes with everybody. He’ll be truly missed.”

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