Dozens gathered at Selma High School to honor a teen killed in a tragic accident. 16-year old Ramon Gonzalez – a student athlete died last Saturday.
Each and every single chair in the Selma High School dining hall was taken. Several people stood as well to celebrate the life of the young man who wore the Selma jersey with pride.
“Live like Ramon. Keep that in mind and I’m gonna keep that in mind myself,” said SHS Principal Guillermo Lopez.
Live like Ramon. The hall filled with students and faculty told their stories of the teen loved by all.
“He was like my older brother,” said one student.
And the pain of losing him visibly unbearable. Teens sobbing in each other’s arms. Many stared at a looped slideshow of memories. Ramon’s life from childhood into a young man. The football player who loved to ride his dirt bike.
“When he wasn’t playing or thinking about football, he was riding his bike. And I think maybe I shouldn’t have bought it for him but he loved that damn thing,” said Ramon’s mother Janet Gonzalez.
Gonzalez made sure everyone knew Ramon died happy, doing what he loved. His family remembering him on that bike and his fun loving personality.
“He turned on that dirt pile and straight up slapped me in the face with that dirt. Like it hit me hard and I pulled over. I was rubbing my eyes and he was like ‘what happen?’ I was like ‘you straight up slapped me and he said ‘nah G’,” said Ramon’s brother Jordi Gonzalez.
Ramon’s black and orange jersey watching the crowd. His number 20 won’t be forgotten.
“He’ll be a bear forever and he’ll be apart of bear nation forever,” said Randy Esraelian
And a final chant and reminder to everyone missing him now.
“One, two, three. Live like Ramon,” yelled students in unity.