PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - It was an emotional day for family and friends of the Prince George student killed in a car crash. 17-year-old Marvin Massenburg died when his car ran off the side of the road on his way to school.
Hundreds of people packed the Prince George High School gym to pay their respects to Marvin.
Friends, classmates, and relatives comforted each other through tears and hugs. Marvin's close friends are sticking together to get through this tough time.
Marvin's mom arrived with a heavy heart as family close friends and classmates poured into the Prince George high school gymnasium, packing the stands.
Everyone is remembering Marvin for his bright and shining personality. They say he had a beautiful smile.
Senior, Malik Alexander, brought his track jacket in honor of his band mate. He last saw Marvin the day before he died and he remembers receiving a birthday hug from him.
"He's like a teddy bear. He looked mean, but there wasn't a mean bone in his body," said Alexander.
"To know someone who's younger than you is gone that was really close to you is…you begin to cherish a lot of things," said his friend Evan Squire.
And his close friends and family here sure cherished the senior who had hoped to attend UVA to study engineering. The straight-A student also made his mark on the gridiron.
Close friend and teammate, Ryan Keffer, visited a memorial at Marvin's parking spot.
"It's really rough," said Keffer. "I've been trying to keep my head up but it's been really tough."
Marvin died Tuesday on his way to school when he pulled over to let a police cruiser pass. His car ran off the road, into a swamp and overturned in the water.
Officers rushed to help, but it was too late. The tragedy has been tough for students, but now they know they have a guardian angel looking down on them.
"I know he's going get me through my senior year," Alexander added. "I just try to do right by him. If there's something I feel like I can get through, I know there's someone up there to get me through it."
Friends say the soft-spoken teen was quiet, friendly, and had never met a person he didn't like. About a month from now, Marvin would have turned 18.