Weeki Wachee honors fallen classmate with beautiful event
By: Danny Aiello Jr
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Camille Headrick-Long touched more people in her 18-years on this planet than she could have ever realized. On Monday, dubbed “Blue Monday” by the students at Weeki Wachee High School, her friends and family gathered to celebrate her life.
For a school that is known for Black and Green, a sea of blue swept over the stands where a football game went on in the background, seemingly unnoticed.
Camille loved pink and blue, and her “brothers and sisters” wore painted faces and custom shirts that made each other stop and stare in astonishment.
Headbands that read “Team Camielle” and “Fly High Babygirl” could be seen, as could the smiles and embraces of those sharing memories of her.
After learning of her passing last Wednesday from injuries sustained in a car accident, the students and staff rallied around each other to organize this event to help offset the costs for her family.
T-Shirts were sold, along with the five dollar admission fee and the opportunity to call plays during the scrimmage game, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to her family.
After the football game wrapped up, students would proceed to the track, where they would release balloons they had purchased and written messages on. Students would also held up lit candles, illuminating the entire quarter-mile track.
In the background, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa played, a song the students dedicated to Camille.
“So let the light guide your way, yeah
Hold every memory as you go
And every road you take will always lead you home, home.
It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again.”
After that final chorus rang, a lone “We love you Camille” was shouted followed by a large cheer.
When the lights came back on, the football team was seen in the endzone on a knee, a sign of respect for their fallen friend. They then stood up and locked arms, watching the remainder of the ceremony arm-in-arm.
It was an amazing sight, to see a community come out and support a fallen daughter of their town.
For those that knew her, and those that didn’t, a common message was brought to attention.
“Never a victim, always a fighter.”
Staring a tragedy in the face, students and parents alike, turned this into a celebration of life. A positive light in the darkness.
From the staff here at RealNewsRealFast, we offer our condolences to the family and friends of Camille Headrick-Long. We hope that you find peace and strength in your time of need. Your community is here for you.
If you’d like to donate to the Headrick-Long family, here is the link to the gofundme page. Donate Here