The homecoming festivities took a bittersweet tone at Wilson Central High School in Mt. Juliet Friday night.
The Wildcat band played for a purpose under the Friday night lights, dedicating their performance to nine-year-old Sam McLeod.
The West Elementary School student passed away Friday morning after a brief illness that has been confirmed as a non-contagious form of meningitis.
His mother is a teacher at Wilson Central and his brother, Noah, is a freshman who plays in the Wildcat band.
“Everybody has really come together,” said Anita Bell with the Wilson Central Band Boosters. “We've had prayers for this child, we've had prayers for the family, we've talked among ourselves and supported each other because it's a loss for this entire band.”
During the homecoming festivities, the boy was honored with a moment of silence.
“Honestly I got a little teary-eyed, I just bowed my head and had a few words in prayer,” newly-crowned Homecoming Queen Hannah Sarago told Nashville's News 2.
“I really think it shows the Wilson Central spirit and how we come together and back each other up,” she added.
Plans for the boy's funeral have not yet been announced.
- Sept. 28, 2012: Student at West Elementary in Mt. Juliet dies