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By Susy Solis, CBS 11 News

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - An entire school is coming together to help the family of Fort Worth teenager Rick Sek. The 15-year-old band member drowned at a pool party on Friday, meant to celebrate the end of Paschal High School’s band camp. Now, those band students are trying to help out by dedicating this year’s band events to Sek, and raising money to pay for his funeral costs.

Band members have already ordered purple bracelets — the school’s color — to honor the French horn player. They say ‘We Play For You, Rick Sek,’ and money from the bracelets goes directly to Sek’s family. The bracelets will be sold at football games and school events. Band boosters will also be on hand at games to collect donations.

But as students return to classes on Tuesday morning, one of their own will be missing. “Going back,” said one of Sek’s friends, “there is going to be, like, a shock.” Band members plan to leave Sek’s marching spot open for the remainder of the school year. “A helicopter will come and take a picture of us in a form on the field, and his spot in that is going to be open as well, and those pictures will be sold.”

“We are going to acknowledge that he’s not there,” said another of Sek’s friends, “but we are going to acknowledge that he’s here with us in spirit.”

Those who knew Sek best said that they will miss his silliness the most. “Rick was very goofy,” said a friend. “He would come up to you and poke you in the stomach just to make you laugh.”

Grief counselors will be on hand for students at Paschal High School on Tuesday. Sek will be laid to rest on Saturday morning.

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