Marbury, Ala. (WSFA) - It's only been a day since Devin Mackey died, but for students at Marbury High School, every second fells like a painful eternity.
"I'm sick and tired that every time I turn around, it seems like I put another friend in the ground," friend Cameron Bolt read from a poem Friday.
It's a memorial service all too common for students, family members and teachers in Marbury.
This is the fourth time this town has gathered after a fatal car accident.
"He had been our best friend for so many years. It's even harder now being close to the person," explained Cindy Simpson, Mackey's friend.
In a video made as quickly and with as much care as Mackey's yearbook page, students too sad to speak left messages for their fallen friend.
In Prattville, at the school's first basketball game since the cheerleader died, the end line was empty. Cheerleaders sat the game out. At the start of the game, a moment of silence sent emotion through the crowd.
Teachers say the abrupt passing of the 18 year-old underscores the importance of living life to the fullest--because it could end in an instant.
"If Devin's mom could kiss him 42 more times, I'm sure she would," explained Carla Wurtz, a teacher at Marbury High School.
Comfort--a bond already taking shape after a tragedy hits home.
"I've already talked to more than a handful of people I usually don't talk to on a regular basis," said Olivia Heisler, Mackey's friend.
NOTE: FRIDAY NIGHT, WSFA 12 NEWS LEARNED MARYBETH SEWELL, 15, CONTINUES TREATMENT AT A MONTGOMERY HOSPITAL. SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SAY SEWELL IS TAKING SEVEN OUT OF EVERY TEN BREATHS UNASSISSTED.
Eric Mackey, Devin's brother, tells WSFA 12 News that his family is shaken but overwhelmed at the support they have received from the community.
Mackey was killed Thursday in a horrific car accident.
For more on this story, click here. Here you can sign the prayer list, which will be presented to MHS Principal Don Hulin at Sunday's ceremony.