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GOSNELL, AR (KAIT) -

Monday was a somber day at Gosnell High School as students and teachers gathered to remember Drew Kelley.

“My mom woke me up and she told me she had some bad news to tell me," said Kelley’s best friend Chad Wright.

News no one in the small town was prepared to hear.

The much-loved senior died after his truck crashed on Mississippi County Road 230 early Sunday.

Students attended an assembly to remember the legacy he left behind.

Hayden Dugger recalled the last conversation he had with Drew.

“We talked about next weekend, going fishing and everything, and now we won't get to make those plans,” Dugger said.

Tissue sat nearby as many cried, but no one hesitated to laugh at the jokes each other shared.

One teacher even allowed students to sign Drew's desk in her classroom.

Wright was one of many who did just that. He could not believe the number of messages he read.

“Seeing how everybody responded has brought into play how big of a role he played in all of our lives,” Wright said.

Some of Wright’s favorite memories come outside the classroom, sitting near a pond, fishing.  Most of all, he remembers the loyalty.

“Drew would always be there for me," Wright said. "If I ever needed him, I could call him for anything."

Many seniors told Region 8 News the remainder of the year and graduation day will not be the same.  

“It's definitely going to be different not seeing him every day walking through the halls and putting a smile on everybody's face,” Wright said.

“He left a legacy behind, and I'll make sure that it is carried out,” Dugger said.

School officials could not confirm funeral arrangements. 

They do plan to do something in Drew's honor soon; however, the school said they are focused on the students and teachers getting through the grieving process first. 

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