Remembering Kenton Norman

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Ouachita High family is mourning the loss of a second student in less than two years. This weekend they lost rising sophomore Kenton Norman, 15.

Monday, Kenton's family, teammates, and coaches came together to remember him.

"Life is so short, we never know what could happen," says Kenton's grandfather and Bastrop Fire Chief Eric Montgomery.

When Montgomery took his family to Arkansas on Lake Balboa for Memorial Day Weekend, he never expected to come home without his grandson.

"No matter what our plans are, sometimes God has a different plan," says the grieving grandfather.

Saturday, Kenton Norman went under the water and didn't surface. After 15 minutes of searching for him, and even longer attempting to revive the teen, he was pronounced dead.

Immediately, his Ouachita Lions coaches and teammates came together to share their stories of Kenton.

"If I had a son I definitely would want him to be like Kenton," says Head Coach Jeff Fitzgerald.

"Pretty Boy was great in the football program, great in the school building, and great in the community," says Paul McComas, freshman coach.

One of his closest friends got a text from him just that morning.

"I did not text back after that," says Angelo Collins, "I wish I would have text back after that and just said man I love you. I had no idea that in just a couple of hours that my friend was going to be gone."

This isn't the first player that Coach Jeff Fitzgerald has had to say goodbye to, but no matter how many times you've been through it, it's never easy.

"The one thing we can do is lean on God because he's our rock," says Fitzgerald, "We just got to look to one another for strength and comfort."

"He was just an all-around good kid," says Montgomery, "He was a blessing for us and thank the Lord for the time we had with him on this earth."

Services have been arranged for Kenton Norman. A wake is set for Friday evening, May 29, at Greater Magnolia Baptist Church in Bastrop. His funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Morehouse Baptist Association Building.

The family asks that everyone wear yellow because it was Kenton's favorite color.