MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Students in Murfreesboro will honor one of their classmates who lost his life last week.
Mason Loupe, a sophomore, passed away at the age of 15 in what his family is calling an accidental shooting. Authorities have told News 2 they do not suspect foul play.
Friday evening, Siegel High School students will wear purple shirts in his honor at a football game against Oakland High School.
Loupe was football player and his jersey was No. 22. The game will be a tribute to him.
Students gathered in the court yard of Siegel High Friday afternoon with their arms looped together in honor of him.
They were all wearing purple shirts that said “Mason Strong.” They purchased them for $12. The proceeds will go to Loupe’s family to with funeral costs.
School principal Larry Creasy told News 2 the show of support has been amazing.
“Our student body has been great during this time. The three prayer vigils. Sunday night students had one in the parking lot. Thursday they had one before school as well. It has been awesome to see how the kids react to this tragic situation,” said Creasy.
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Students also purchased paper loops for one dollar each; the money raised will go to the family. The loops will be draped along a fence during a presentation at the game.
Loupe was also on the wrestling team. His wrestling coach described the type of person he was.
“He is always a bright light. A smile when he is not competing he could light up a room. When he was competing he had a fighting spirit. He was one of the most fierce competitors I’ve ever coached,” said Lee Ramsey.
When the football players take the field Friday night, they will all have number 22 on one side of their helmets.
The game starts at 7 p.m. The presentation in honor of Loupe begins at 6:50.
For more information, visit the website in Loupe’s honor TwentyTwoReasons.com.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with costs.