FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM)– More than 100 classmates, teachers, parents and loved ones showed up to a vigil to honor a 15-year-old sophomore band member who drowned during a band party Friday night.
Rick Sek, 15, died in an accidental drowning during an annual band party at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Center. Lifeguards pulled him out of the water and performed CPR and even used an Automated External Defibrilator to try to revive him. Paramedics arrived a short time later and transported Sek to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dozens filed into the Paschal High School Memorial Gardens, where other fallen students and teachers have been memorialized.
Several of Sek’s family members showed up to the vigil, humbled by the number of students who wanted to honor Sek.
“To most people he would seem to be a very timid and reserved person,” said 15-year-Teara Eng, Sek’s cousin. “But once you got to know him he was a very outgoing, a very funny person. He was a person that everyone got along with.”
Sek was overwhelmingly described a kid who uttered few words, but had a big heart.
He was a french horn player in the Paschal High School band.
Dozens of friends and acquaintances spoke about Sek and it was his love of band and his bandmates that helped him come out of his shell.
Fellow french horn players played a song in honor of their fallen friend.
“He is missed and respected by this entire band and from this day forward, we play for Rick Sek,” said Ashley Ainsworth.
Meanwhile, Eng said his family is devastated over Sek’s death.
“We know he has a better life already. He’s in a better place and just pulling through together,” he said.
Counselors will be available for students on Tuesday, when students get back from the Labor Day holiday.