SOUTHLAKE, Texas — Southlake students held a moving candlelight memorial Wednesday night for two beloved members of the Carroll ISD family.
Seventeen-year-old Paul Ledet, his 13-year-old brother Mason, their father Len and uncle Greg died Saturday in a small plane crash.
Candles lit up the night sky inside Dragon Stadium. It was a beautiful end to a touching tribute, mostly organized by 16-year-old Devaney Devoe, a lifelong friend of Paul's.
The vigil followed a pep rally, which has been a longstanding tradition during Homecoming week.
"Personally, I believe this was Paul and Mason's personal homecoming this week, too," Devaney said.
Paul and Mason's mother and sister and other close family members sat in a front row, wearing Aggie T-shirts. The Ledet boys crashed on their way to see Texas A&M's football game Saturday against Ole Miss.
Devaney and others shared special stories about the Ledets, many times referring to the family's deep love of A&M.
"Paul was by far the nicest guy you could ever meet. The definition of a southern gentleman," Devany said.
She added it felt right to continue with Homecoming activities, because she knew Paul would want her to.
Carroll ISD spokeswoman Julie Thannum agreed.
"Teenagers want to be together when they are grieving and going through something difficult," she said. "We want them to know it's OK to smile and OK to remember great memories. There's also a time to cry."
All four Ledet children attended Southlake schools. Chris Underwood taught them all sixth grade math.
"Tremendous family," he said. "This is so hard."