Crowds packed a small Jesup side street to cheer, cry, launch balloons, and light candles to remember a teen killed Saturday when he was struck by a train as he walked on the tracks.
Teammates of Shaquille Morgan on the Wayne Co. High School basketball team and members of other school teams lit candles to remember the senior who stood out on and off the basketball court. They remembered his bow ties, bright socks and colorful shoes and other signs of his personality.
"He never met a stranger," said WCHS principal Jay Brinson. "He was one of the few students who made it a point to speak to the principal."
"He was a good kid on and off the court,"said his coach Robert Cotton. Cotton said he knew of Morgan's death in a matter of minutes Saturday.
"The first call, I thought was a joke," he stated. "Then, on the second call, I wanted to fall to my knees."
Witnesses said Morgan was wearing headphones plugged in to his phone and did not respond to train horns blaring behind him just before he was struck and killed. The 18 year old was walking on the tracks just before the overpass at U.S. Highway 84.
On Monday, his mother shed tears during testimonials from classmates and songs by others about Shaquille.
"It is heartwarming to see so many people come out because they loved Shaquille," said his mother, Dorothy "Mookie" Morgan. "He loved to have people's attention at the ball game and at school."
The crowd released nearly 200 balloons in his memory, then held up index fingers to signify Morgan's jersey number.