HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - A community remains in shock days after losing one of their own.
Hoxie High school students and residents gathered under a beautiful sunset Sunday evening to remember Eric Harmon.
Harmon, a Hoxie High School band student, died in a crash on Highway 63 on Wednesday.
People gathered on the school's football field where Harmon spent many nights performing with his band mates. They prayed, shared memories, and cried a few tears, remembering the legacy Harmon left behind.
"I've been in the band with him as long as I can remember, so, when you're in the band, six months of the year you actually see your band friends more than you do your own family," Harmon's best friend, Robby Cullum said. "That bond grew pretty tight between us."
For Cullum, he is hopeful this sudden tragedy brings the community closer together.
"We are just hoping to strengthen the bond of the community a little bit more and learn not to take these days for granted," he said.
According to Cullum, the community is pitching in on funding to purchase Harmon's class ring.
He said Harmon talked about wanting the ring for a long time.
"I'm just glad to see our community there for each other in times of need," Cullum said.
The attendees lit candles and released balloons in honor of their friend, family member, and loved one.
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