Just two days after the Jewish Community Center tragedy, students returned back to Blue Valley High School, which is where Reat Underwood was close to finishing up his freshmen year.
While it was tough for many students to return back to class, many said they are inspired and driven to live their lives with the same joy that Reat did.
To honor Reat, students at Blue Valley High wore white to symbolize the life and vitality that Reat had. Additionally, students at Shawnee Mission West and Rockhurst high schools also wore white, along with much the local communities.
The Blue Valley High students held a vigil and dedicated softball and baseball games in his honor. Before the games begun, there was a moment of silence and a release of white balloons in his honor.
"They were up there a little ways and for about 10 seconds, they actually were in the shape of a heart," said Blue Valley senior Ryan Casey. "He's looking down at us and telling us that he's all right."
Reat’s rendition of the National Anthem was played to open the games as a way to remember his love for music.
"Every time he went up on stage, you could tell he loved singing," said junior Madeline Wadley. "He had the biggest smile."
Tonight, the Blue Valley High School men’s choir has a competition that they want to for Reat.
- Kelly Urich