FREEMAN, Wash. - Friday night lights in Freeman brought unity and hope to a community in mourning.
On Friday, the varsity Freeman football team played Medical Lake High School on their own home field. The game was played in honor of Sam Strahan, the sophomore who died protecting his classmates on Wednesday morning.
"I'm glad so many people showed up in memory for Sam and supporting the school," said Tyler Miller, who graduated from Freeman High in 2015.
Hundreds of students, staff, parents and neighbors packed the stadium and surrounding areas Friday night to show their support. Students passed out gold ribbons to honor Sam. Other students wove dozens of bright colored flowers through the chain link fence surrounding the field.
Freeman administrators said they left it up to students to decide if they wanted to play in Friday's game and without hesitation they rallied and knew they needed to play for Sam and their community.
"It's really important for me to be here tonight because it's just, I'm part of this community, like I never thought anything like this could happen in a small town like this," said Alyvia Huntley. who has friends and family at Freeman High School.
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