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Attleboro student honored during first football game

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A touching tribute to an Attleboro High School student who died on vacation with his family last week. The community coming together at tonight's football game.

What would normally be an exciting night at Attleboro High School, the first football game of the year, was somber as the community remembered Nick Vero, the senior who died last week.

The football stadium falling silent as hundreds take a moment to remember Vero. The principal paying tribute before kickoff.

"He embodied the idea of one Attleboro as he made friends easily with people of all endeavors," says Principal Bill Runey.

Displayed on the field tonight, a sign reading "always in our hearts." Vero, on everyone's minds.

"He was a hard worker, dedicated to anything he did. It's been tough but at the same time I know he would want us to be tough as a community and as a school," says Chris Reynolds, a senior at AHS.

Vero was set to start his senior year this week but died tragically on a family vacation in North Carolina while swimming in rough surf.

"Typically the first full week of school, first football game there's a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm and understandably Nick was such a big loss for us that it's been somber. It's been supportive but its been a somber environment," says Runey.

Vero's family among the crowd, the community support helping them as they grieve.

"It really shows how strong the community is and how supportive they've been for us in the circumstance. It has been great, it's taken our mind off of it because otherwise we'd be at home curled up in a ball," says Alicia Cabral, Vero's aunt.

Counselors have been available for students this week. One of Vero's track teammates made black, white and blue ribbons for students to wear in his honor.

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