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Ereck Plancher Memorial Service

Lely High School Principal Ken Fairbanks hold up a sign that will be hung at the football field in honor of Ereck Plancher as he speaks during a memorial service in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.   David Albers/ Staff

Photo by DAVID ALBERS, Daily News

Lely High School Principal Ken Fairbanks hold up a sign that will be hung at the football field in honor of Ereck Plancher as he speaks during a memorial service in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008. David Albers/ Staff

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  • Tré Titus, 19, and Aisha Denault-Sweet, 17, mourn the death of Ereck Plancher after he was buried in the mausoleum at the Naples Memorial Gardens on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  David Albers/ Staff
  • The Lely High School JROTC leads the casket with the remains of Ereck Plancher into the Lely High School auditorium during a memorial service on Saturday, March 29, 2008.   David Albers/ Staff
  • Over 3,000 mourners pack the auditorium and Lely High School during a memorial service for Ereck Plancher on Saturday, March 29, 2008.   David Albers/ Staff
  • The University of Central Florida Head Coach George O'Leary gives 10-year-old Edwin Plancher the helmet of his older brother, Ereck Plancher, during a memorial service for the football player, Saturday, March 29, 2008, in the auditorium of Lely High School.   One of Plancher's UCF jerseys was also given to Lely High School while the other will be displayed in his honor at the university.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Nineteen-year-old Daween Dorgile bears a pin, ribbon and an airbrushed tie in honor of his former Lely High School football teammate, Ereck Plancher during a memorial service at Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.   David Albers/ Staff
  • Lely High School Head Football Coach Steve Pricer holds up a 'L' hand sign with fellow mourners as they exit a memorial service in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.   David Albers/ Staff
  • Former Lely High School football player Kenson Dera, 19, returns to his seat after paying tribute to his former teammate, Ereck Plancher, at a memorial service in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Lely High School Principal Ken Fairbanks hold up a sign that will be hung at the football field in honor of Ereck Plancher as he speaks during a memorial service in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.   David Albers/ Staff
  • Ereck Plancher's teammates from his football career gather around his casket to pray during a memorial service in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Family members Anise Duprat, in white, and Cherlie Dervil grieve together while singing a French hymn at a memorial service for Ereck Plancher in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Fifteen-year-old Rolanda Theodore mourns the death of former Lely High School student Ereck Plancher during a memorial service at Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.   David Albers/ Staff
  • Family member Anise Duprat grieves at a memorial service for her nephew, Ereck Plancher, in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Former Lely High School Head Coach Chris Metzger pays tribute to Ereck Plancher during a memorial service in the auditorium at Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Orange and gold adorn the clothes of the mourners in honor of Ereck Plancher at his memorial service in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • University of Central Florida football player Brian Watters attends a memorial service with the rest of his team for their teammate, Ereck Plancher, in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • University of Central Florida football players attend a memorial service for their teammate, Ereck Plancher, in the auditorium of Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Mourners Sam Baptiste, 19, and Colleen Provost console each other outside Lely High School after a memorial service for Ereck Plancher on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Over 3,000 mourners file through the halls of Lely High School after a memorial service for Ereck Plancher on Saturday, March 29, 2008.    David Albers/ Staff
  • Former Lely High School football player Paul Jude, 19, bears the number five on his hair, the football jersey number of Ereck Plancher, after a memorial service outside Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • The casket holding the body of Ereck Plancher is led ffrom the auditorium at Lely High School at a memorial service for Ereck Plancher at Lely High School on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  Over 3,000 mourners attended the service where coaches, teammate, friends, classmates and family gathered to remember the 19-year-old Lely graduate who died March 18 during an off-season practice at the University of Central Florida.  David Albers/ Staff
  • The casket holding the remains of Ereck Plancher is placed in the mausoleum at the Naples Memorial Gardens on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Classmates and friends mourn together after the funeral of Ereck Plancher in the mausoleum at the Naples Memorial Gardens on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Tré Titus, 19, and Aisha Denault-Sweet, 17, mourn the death of their classmate and friend, Ereck Plancher, after he was buried in the mausoleum at the Naples Memorial Gardens on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  David Albers/ Staff
  • A temporary name plate marks the final resting place for the remains of Ereck Plancher in the mausoleum at the Naples Memorial Gardens on Saturday, March 29, 2008.  David Albers/ Staff

Friends, teammates, coaches and family members gather to remember Ereck Plancher during a memorial service at Lely High School.

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