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UPDATE 5/26/14 @ 11:41 p.m.
SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It has been an emotional weekend for the family and friends of Leland Brown II, a healthy athlete who died Saturday.

The impact Leland had was seen by the number of people who came out Monday night.

One entire side of Crawford Field in Saint Albans was packed with friends, teammates, and family.

The vigil was very emotional as people leaned on each other and remembered the man who always was there to make them smile and laugh, and brought joy to their lives.

All of Leland's family was present, and his parents spread the light of the candles as their son spread the light in people's hearts.

"He truly did mean a lot to everyone," said baseball teammate Bobby Grishaber. "It takes something like this to get a group of people to actually come together. He just made an impact on everyone's life, tremendously."

Leland's family and friends found comfort in the words of Leland's youth pastor who recounted earlier this year when Leland was saved and then baptized.

Several people and businesses are wanting to help out Leland's family. One of which is Fresh Seafood Market in Saint Albans. They will donate 10 percent of their proceeds Wednesday to help cover funeral costs.

Visitation for Leland Brown II will be this Thursday, with his funeral on Friday.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/25/14 @ 10:55 p.m.
SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The baseball season at Saint Albans High School finished up last week. However, if you ask coach Shane Saunders, the team's biggest loss came Saturday.

"He exemplified what we want our players to be," said Assistant Coach Saunders, "As far as representing the team, representing the program, and representing our community."

What started as a day shooting hoops with some friends, ended in tragedy for 15-year-old Leland Brown II.

In his final words, Leland said he was experiencing chest pain. After going inside, he collapsed, and died a few minutes later.

"Someone that young; it's not something you expect," said Leland's cousin Jeremy Burns. "It's not something you think about, or dream about."

To those closest to Leland, the news is shocking.

Leland was a two-sport athlete and a fan favorite. His family will never again see him take the field, and his teammates must rely on someone else to lead.

"He would always boost your confidence and be right there beside you," said football teammate Cody Mabon.

However, they all know this angel in the outfield isn't gone forever.

"He'll be there at practice and through our tough losses, and through our wins," said Mabon.

They know they'll see him again, someday.

A candlelight vigil will take place Monday night at Saint Albans High School.

It will begin at 8 p.m. on the football field.


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