CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—More than 100 people gathered at Caroline High
School on Monday night to honor Thomas Wendell Wheeler II, who passed away
unexpectedly last week.
Wheeler is remembered as a caring boy who loved sports, his faith and had a
“Every time we see him, he had a real bright smile on his face,” said Jamal
White, one of Wheeler's friends.
Wheeler's family, friends, classmates and fellow church members showed up on
Oct. 21 to pay their respects and light candles for the 15-year-old who
collapsed in gym class last week.
“This is a difficult time for the high school, as we lost one of our own
last week,” said Caroline High School Principal Jeff Wick.
Wheeler was laid to rest on Friday. Those who knew him best shared their memories,
thoughts and prayers on Monday night. Students at Caroline High left messages
for him on four different banners, which were given to Wheeler's parents. His
family is trying the best it can to move forward.
“Everybody's been holding up, but there's still some that has a broken
heart,” White said.
Wheeler never missed a Sunday at Jericho Baptist Church and was passionate
about his faith. His friends say they'll never forget him.
“It's been tough,” said Myles Stevens, a friend of Wheeler's. “But as time
goes by, we know that God loves us.”
Wheeler's parents and family members say they're appreciative of all the
prayers and support they've received from the public.
The cause of the teen's death is still under investigation. Stay with 8News
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