Prayer vigil held for ICC football player

Teammates and students held a prayer vigil for the ICC football player who died over the weekend.

Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 10:42 PM

FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - A prayer vigil was held Tuesday night for an ICC football player who died over the weekend. 

ICC confirmed Zion Ford's death on social media. 

The prayer vigil was held on the Fulton campus at the Crane Pavilion. 

"Zion was one of the guys that whenever you're working and it's a tough day, he's still over there dancing having a good time and making everybody smile," said Thomas Cox, who was teammates with Ford. 

Cox says this loss is not easy for the team. 

"We came together, we sobbed and we grieved," said Cox. 

"For a freshman to generate the emotional response in a football team like I saw, it was obvious he had made a huge impact," said ICC President Jay Allen. 

Tuesday night was an emotional night as several of Ford's family members, friends and teammates gathered for the prayer vigil. 

They remembered the guy they described as always happy, always with a smile and always there to lift other's spirits up.

A candle light service started the vigil. 

Later, people lined up to sign a picture of Ford to give to his family. 

And finally, 20 balloons were released by Ford's teammates to remember someone so many will never forget. 

"We talked together and we know that Zion wouldn't want us to quit on him," said Cox. "We decided as a team to keep pushing forward to keep getting better."

Cox added the prayer vigil was a reminder to everyone to hold tight to their loved ones and remind them that they love and care for them.

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