CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – It was an amazing and touching show of support at a football game at Manchester High School. The stands were packed with students and families -- gathered to honor Gage Edwards, the junior track athlete who died in a car crash last night, on his 17th birthday.
"We had already expected a large amount of people but this is definitely more than we expected," said fellow track athlete, Jordan Danner.
Edward was a junior at Manchester High. He was killed in a car crash late Thursday night on Qualla Road. His passenger and two people in the other car were seriously injured but survived.
His closest friends are paying tribute at the game - they've decorated themselves with Gage's name and his number: 13.
"Gage, he's such a great guy, we miss him so much.To see all these people here supporting us, even from Cosby it's just an honor. Gage was such a great guy he can't be replaced," said Cameron Gowen.
"He was such a nice guy. He'll be missed. He'll never be forgotten," said friend, Jack Intagliato.
It may be the death of a fellow student that brought all these people out to the game. But through the hurt and the shock, new friendships were made and existing ones became stronger.
"I saw people that weren't even friends with each other consoling each other at a time like this Manchester came together as a family," said Danner.
"We love you Gage, God bless you, and your family our prayers and thoughts go out to you," said Intagliato.