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Hundreds gather to remember Mallard Creek High graduate

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Sunday evening was difficult for students at Mallard Creek High School, as they gathered to remember their classmate and friend, Richard "Ray Ray" Maxwell.

The 18-year old drowned Saturday, while swimming in Tuckertown Lake in Montgomery County. 

Hundreds stood on the football field where Maxwell once worked out. One by one, friends entered the middle to honor their friend.

Though many spoke, the message was always the same, Maxwell lived his life with passion. 

"He always wanted to do one last set. Out here, he always wanted to do one last sprint. He always wanted to do something extra. He was an overachiever," Ikeem Allen said. 

Friends organized the event in a matter of hours, Sunday afternoon. But when hundreds showed up, they weren't surprised. They knew Maxwell made an impact on everyone he met. 

"He was the first person who talked to me. He just seemed like he cared. No matter what was going on," Davion Cunningham said. 

Maxwell's joy and sense of humor was also apparent, Sunday evening. 

"He came in. Everybody smiled or everybody laughed. Everybody called out his name," Cunningham said. 

Many young faces stood on the field, fresh with disbelief, after learning of  Maxwell's death, just one week after graduating from Mallard Creek High School. 

"I didn't believe it when I first heard, I feel like he's still alive," Erica Henderson said.

Saturday, while swimming in Tuckertown Lake, authorities say the group was holding on to a log when Maxwell saw a snake. Authorities say Maxwell panicked, went under, and never came back up.
 
"To hear he passed away was kind of shocking, we were just walking across the stage with him," Erica Henderson said. 

Now, all they have are memories and a lesson, to take on every task with passion. 

"Because that's what Ray Ray did". 

Maxwell's father passed two years ago. Students took up a collection to help with funeral costs. 

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