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Hundreds commemorate life of high school basketball star


Friends and family paid tribute to a high school basketball star who died doing what he loved most. 

Terrell Coleman collapsed during a game over the weekend and never regained consciousness. 

Hundreds of people Wednesday night packed the gym at the Atlanta basketball courts to remember a young man who touched so many lives but left the world too soon.

"He would give his heart, give his love, give his soul, he would give whatever he needed to help you," said Raeshones Coleman, Terrell's mother.

Coleman said her son was a kind and loving teenager always willing to help out friends and strangers. 

"He didn't want you hungry. He didn't want you barefoot. He didn't want your shoes wet when it rained. He wanted you comfortable," Coleman said. 

Terrell Coleman, a ninth grader at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, was a 6-foot-5 basketball phenom and one of the top ranked freshmen in the nation.

"He was called Terrell ‘too tall' Coleman," his mother said.

Reality has yet to fully sink in for Raeshones Coleman.

"I still see this 6-foot-5 child coming through the door, holler ‘hey mom let me kiss you on the forehead I love you for the day,'" Coleman said.

Coleman, who said she was remaining strong, said she knows there will be tough times ahead.

"I haven't even slept in my house because it's kind of hard," Coleman said.

Christopher Anderson, Terrell Coleman's AAU Basketball coach, said Terrell had a way of making everyone feel special. 

"He was a wonderful kid. He just talked to everybody whether he liked them, didn't like them, he would speak to them anyway," Anderson said.

Coleman and the well-wishers gathered at the memorial, and said they came not to mourn Terrell's death but to celebrate his life.

"He didn't want you feeling upset or stressed. That was the love of Terrell," Coleman said.

The cause of Terrell Coleman's death is still unknown, but his mother confirmed her son had heart murmur and a leaking valve.

Terrell Coleman's family will hold a funeral service for him on Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.

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