VALLEY CITY, N.D. (Valley News Live) The Valley City community was struck by a tragedy early this week that touched the hearts of both the young and old.
Friends say ninth grader David Lynch had a smile that could light up a room and the Valley News team explains why that's exactly the reason for some students being at the heart of a basketball fundraiser.
"Everyone stand in a moment of silence to remember David Lynch" was spoken and not a sound could be heard during that brief moment in the gymnasium of the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
With special bracelets on their wrists, students describe him as kind and friendly but his love for basketball is what many will never forget.
"He loved coming to the Hi-Liners games. He was a big sports fan," explains Kallie Bradt.
Members of the Valley City Student Council decided that Friday's basketball game against West Fargo Sheyenne would be a perfect way to remember the special role Lynch played in each game.
"He loved to hold up the banner the girls would run through," says the Student Council Vice President.
A bowl was set-up near the entrance as a way to raise money to be given to the Lynch family.
Students say everyone is coming together during this dark time.
"There's a lot of friends going. Everyone tries to be friends with each other," says eighth grader Jacob Meyer
"I think it will be different seeing someone else hold the banner," adds Bradt.
Remembering a Valley City High freshman who left a mark that will never be forgotten
Both the boys and girls basketball teams are normally not allowed to wear bracelets on the court but referees made an exception for Friday night's games.
The funeral for David Lynch will be held Monday, February 6 in Cavalier, N.D.