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Hundreds celebrate the life of William Garrett Sands

The community came together to remember and celebrate the life of William Garrett Sands on Monday. Family, friends, teachers and coaches are grieving the loss of the 17-year-old South Vigo High School student.

Posted: Apr. 2, 2018 6:38 PM
Updated: Apr. 2, 2018 10:40 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- The community came together to remember and celebrate the life of William Garrett Sands on Monday. Family, friends, teachers, and coaches are grieving the loss of the 17-year-old South Vigo High School student. 

It was a celebration of life. Services were held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

"It's just a testament to Garrett. He is just a wonderful kid," said Ross Cadick, Garrett's former teacher. 

Garrett died at a house party last Wednesday morning at a home in the Idle Creek subdivision in Terre Haute, Indiana. Police say teenagers at the party were playing with a gun. They say his friend thought the gun was unloaded. He then pulled the trigger and shot and killed Garrett accidentally. 

Few students are willing to talk publicly, but those who have described it as very emotional.

"There is not a lot of negative things you can say about him," said Collin Hughes, a fellow classmate. "We are honoring him with our acceptance."

Hundreds brought flowers and shared messages of love to a gifted student, an athlete, and friend. 

"He is just one of the most pleasant, outgoing, and hardworking kids that I have ever had the pleasure of teaching," Cadick said. 

Several say Garrett was someone who touched the lives of everyone around him.

"He was a very bright person," Hughes said. 

Those who knew Garrett say he was a hard-worker and had a good head on his shoulders. 

"He was just a great kid and there was nothing that he couldn't accomplish that he would set his mind to," Cadick said. "If he wanted to do it, he would achieve it."

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