More than 150 people gathered at Marcellus High School Tuesday night to remember 16-year-old Matt Norris. Norris died in a crash early Sunday morning.
Coaches told the crowd Tuesday night, the vigil started as a small gathering for the football team. After posting what was planned on Facebook, more and more people planned on attending.
Balloons lined the entrance to the football field.
Norris would have been a junior on the varsity football and wrestling teams this year. One of his close friends, Zach Sperling, brought Norris’s football jersey to the field.
“If I didn’t know Matt, my life wouldn’t have been the same,” Sperling said. “Him and I grew up together. If Matt and I didn’t grow up together from the start it would have been very different.”
Poster board was covered with people’s farewell messages for a friend known for bringing laughs and being polite to his classmates and in the community.
One coach, said that the “M” in the middle of the field stands for Marcellus 364 days a year, but Tuesday night, he said it stood for “Matt.”
Calling hours for Matt Norris will be this Thursday, August 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Plis Funeral Home on North St. in Marcellus.