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Tennis court dedication honors the life of deceased student

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St. Martin High School dedicated a tennis court to a former player who lost life in a tragic drowning accident.

As the plaque was unveiled, friends, family and teammates saw more than a memorial. They saw the celebration of Johnny Le's life.

"He would be happy for a court named after him. He'd probably say, let's go play right now," said Johnny Le's brother Jimmy.

"It means just remembering Johnny and whoever comes out to play tennis will remember him, too," said Le's best friend Katelyn Chowdhary.

Chowdhary helped set up the dedication for Le who died in May, just one day after his high school graduation.

He was on the St. Martin Tennis team. His team said he was a leader on and off the court.

"He was close to everyone, actually. He was one of those people that made such an impact on everyone," said Chowdhary.

Le's spirit was contagious.

"I smile because that's just the way Johnny made you feel. You felt happy when you were with him," said St. Martin tennis coach Kaye Blair.

She said the placement of the dedication, on court 5, holds a special meaning.

"He just wanted to play tennis. Johnny always wanted this court," said Coach Blair.

Le's parents looked at the plaque and saw their baby boy shining.

Le's brothers saw his legacy.

"I really miss you so much and I wish you were here to play with me again, I miss my partner," said Jimmy Le.

Emotions were overflowing.

"I'll just, I'll never forget you," said Chowdhary.

His teammates said Le may not be playing tennis with them anymore, but everytime they use this court, his presence will be felt.

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