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Funeral for fallen football player Dillon Neal

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Family and friends said their final goodbyes to Dillon Neal, the Ouachita Parish High School football player who was killed in a car crash Saturday.

The procession was led by more than a dozens flags painted with Dillon's name and football number on the back of trucks driven by his classmates and teammates. This parade proves exactly what Dillon Neal's mother kept saying, that this should not be a sad funeral, but a celebration of Dillon's life.

Chanting "Fly High 55," cheerleaders, the marching band, the Lions football team, and the entire Class of 2015, paid tribute to Dillon Neal.

Those closest to Neal spoke about the fondest memories of him.

"So I walked up to him and said Dillon, let me see your war face," says Coach Jeff Fitzgerald, "and he'd just look at me and that grin would get bigger and bigger and bigger."

"I saw him come in (getting ready for Homecoming) and he was like Bowie, I look fresh, son? I was like yeah you look fresh, but let me fix your bowtie," says his teammate Eric Bowie.

Dillon's mother says she called him King Dillon Neal, and she thinks his funeral should be fit for a king.

At last check, Malik Johnson, another football player injured in the crash, remains in stable condition in the ICU.

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