AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Many people gathered at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Saturday to celebrate the life of Recardell Sheppard Jr., a T.W. Josey High school student who collapsed on Oct. 13 during a pick-up basketball game and died.
A son, a brother, a teammate, a friend. A young man who will truly be missed.
"He told us we got to stick together. We are more than a team; we were brothers. Ever since that, CJ has really been a brother to me," said teammate Katuan Nottage.
Recardell Sheppard Jr., also known as "CJ" was highly respected and loved by many. There was one thing people who filled the church had in common: a love greater than all for one who touched a lot of lives.
"If you love someone, hold on to them tight because you never know when that last day would come," said Sheppard's fiancee, Tykia Jones.
Many people gave their remarks - some close and some extended - but there was one person's that stood out the most.
"I do want you to know that within my hands, in his handwriting are the goals of Mr. Recardell 'CJ' Sheppard," said Sheppard's teacher, Dr. Lori Myles.
CJ was a senior, with many goals that he wanted to achieve going into his next phase in life. From education to future success, he was on his way down a great path.
"CJ wanted to create his own electrical business," Myles said. "Well guess what? That's going to be up to you all. Because that's the only way that this fire will continue to go. Because you got to remember that this was a man with goals, a man with a dream and a man that wanted to do something."
He was just months away from his number one goal listed - to graduate from high school. Myles said that is a goal that can still happen for CJ.
"CJ has expanded and broken tides, he's able to go through it all," Myles said. "He has gotten all 10 of his goals, and we'll make sure number one happens,"
"I would like to present to this family this proclamation that comes from the office of the mayor," said Dr. Issac Lee, principal of T.W. Josey High School.
Autopsy results for Sheppard have not been released yet.