Vigil for Herculaneum High School football player who died on family cruise

Vigil Held for High School Football Player Who Died on Cruise

HERCULANEUM, MO (KTVI) – The Herculaneum High School community came together Friday night for a vigil remembering the life of a student who left a lasting impression on the student body.

Austin Ray passed away May 31 on a Disney cruise to Alaska with his family. His parents said he simply stopped breathing.

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Ray was born with a rare genetic metabolic condition that damaged his kidneys, liver, muscles, eyes and central nervous system. Despite the young man's failing body, his spirit was strong; that's what his fellow classmates were remembering about him at Friday's vigil. He made the wrestling team as a freshman, played on the baseball and football teams, and also served as the basketball manager.

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Ray would have been a junior in the fall semester and was set to play on the football team again.

The Herculaneum football team will wear a commemorative decal with his number on their helmets this season. And Ray's number will be on the sleeve of the team's camp shirts.

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