14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, the boy whose life was tragically taken yesterday, was a freshman at Blue Valley High School.
Reat’s pastor, Tim Howy of Grace Church, said he was a very talented young man. "He's a fantastic young man," he said. "Funny. Very willing to be the life of the party. Incredibly gifted, artistically, in every way. He could pretty much do anything. And he was well liked by his community. I just can't say enough good things about Reat.”
Reat’s friends have taken to social media, pouring out their hearts and support by retweeting many moments from Reat’s life--including him singing the National Anthem:
Plans have been assembled on social media to honor Reat, specifically with a Twitter campaign trending to get students to “wear white on Tuesday for Reat!”
From Reat’s Twitter motto, he importantly reminds us, quote, “Live life to the fullest and never give up!” Certainly words to remember to live by on this day of mourning and loss.
- Kelly Urich