AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Parents, friends, and an entire community came together Wednesday to honor a young man who meant so much to so many.
Just two days after Myles Hutcheson, 17 died in a car crash, his Vista Ridge High School basketball team took to the court for its first game since the tragedy.
Their opponent and host, McNeil High, helped the team honor number 24 with 24 seconds of silence before the game.
After the pause, Vista Ridge brought a game ball to the bleachers and handed it to Myles’ father Mark Hutcheson, who was there with his wife and son.
“We knew we had a special child, but we had no idea that he could possibly reach this many lives,” Hutcheson said. “All the credit goes to him, because what I did, what I watched Myles do is every single day he tried to be better even than he was the day before.”
Vista Ridge filled its side of the gym. Many in the crowd wore shirts with Myles’ name and number on them. Other shirts had the the hashtag #LLM or live like Myles.
Hutcheson died in a car crash on Brushy Creek Road early Monday morning when he went off the road on the way to school.
The Cedar Park Police Department is working to determine whether speed played a role in the accident.