Garin Flowers, WCTV
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Thursday football matchup for FAMU DRS against Port Saint Joe was more than just a game. It was a moment for people to honor a fallen rattler.
"So many memories go through my mind with me and my brother shared on this football field together from the age of 12 all the way up to the age of 21," Willie Ferrell said.
Willie Ferrell always looked up to his brother Jonathan Ferrell who played football at FAMU DRS alongside him. They both played for head coach Ira Reynolds, who presented a No. 28 jersey to the Ferrell family at halftime. They retired Jonathan's jersey. His life was cut short at 24 when he was shot by a police officer in North Carolina.
"Something that words really can't explain, just to know that no one else will wear my brother's jersey, showing the hard work and dedication that he has put on the field and off the field," Willie Ferrell said.
Ferrell had recently moved to North Carolina when he was killed by the police officer. Authorities say Ferrell was unarmed and the shooting was unjustified leading to the arrest of the officer.
Ferrell's mother reminisces about what he meant to her.
"He always tell me, 'Hey man, ma I love you. I just love everyone.' That was Jonathan," Georgia Ferrell, mother of both boys, said.
His mother says she's not worried about the case against Kerrick, because it's in the hands of the law and the lord.
"There's a room in my heart for each one of my children and his room, I can't say it's empty because it's filled up of fun loving memories," she said.
Those who follow in Ferrell's footsteps will now forever know of his accomplishments.