The shock and sorrow of Eddie Key's passing hit home for many students at Lincoln North Star who knew the former gator who graduated just this past May.
"When this happened these kids took a call to arms and rallied together to find ways to express themselves and help through the grieving process," said North Star Parent John Coffey.
After putting together plans for a t-shirt sale fundraiser, students were told that a district policy wouldn't allow them to do that at North Star, in part because Key was an alum and not a current student.
"The policy is in place to make sure we don't set precedents to one student over another student," said Lincoln North Star High School Principal Vonn Price.
"I think there was mixed emotions across the board, some people were angry," said Coffey.
Stunned by the school and district's response were forced to find another place. Applebees on 27th street answered the call, welcoming them to sell the shirts.
"We just tried to circumvent that in a way to do the right thing and help the family out," said Coffey.
It's a show of support for a young man who still has a major impact in the North Star Community even after his high school days ended.
"It's hit hard, Eddie was a great guy, known and loved by all," said Coffey.
Key's wake is Friday from 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Metcalf Funeral Home. Funeral Services are Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Marks.