By: Melissa Randall
Central High School in Providence is paying
tribute to a young athlete killed earlier this week.
teammates remembering him in a way only they can.
year's football team was made up of about 60 kids, retiring jersey #55 is their
way of saying good-bye.
been a difficult week for us. We're mourning as a team," said Coach Peter Rios.
High Knights holding on tight to good memories of their teammate and friend, George
17-year-old was shot and killed in Providence
tattered black and gold football jersey belonged to Holland his number, 55, will now be retired.
we always want to keep George in our memory. He was a very important part of
our central family, so it was an easy decision," said Rios.
55 was special to Holland,
he idolized the player who wore it before him.
says many players looked up to Holland
a young man who lived and breathed football.
just talked about it all the time. He just lived it and always talked about the
next game, the next practice," said Rios.
jersey will be formally retired prior to the football season. It will happen
during a private ceremony.
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