Community comes together to honor Aaron Douglas

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- To many, Aaron Douglas was simply an outstanding football star.

But to parents David and Karla Douglas,their son meant so much more.

From UT'S coaches, to Alabama's Nick Saban, and Duke's
David Cutcliffe to his high school coach, they all came to celebrate and honor a life cut way too short.

To many, Aaron Douglas was simply an outstanding football star.
But to parents David and Karla Douglas,their son meant so much more.
From UT'S coaches, to Alabama's Nick Saban, and Duke's
David Cutcliffe to his high school coach, they all came to celebrate and honor a life cut way too short.

Quietly and somberly, they poured into West Knoxville's Cokesbury United
Methodist Church. At least a thousand of them said their final goodbyes.

Inside they heard messages of hope, love and salvation. The former football star was found dead Thursday in this house in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

But inside Cokesbury, grief gave way to inspiration learning about the personal side of Aaron.

STEVE DOUGLAS/UNCLE, says
"Aaron's known for his athletic ability in the last 72 hours, I cannot tel you how many people talked about how Aaron touched their lives and it's not just people in Tennessee and not just people in Alabama or South Carolina."

There was also a strong presence by his teammates.

STEVE DOUGLAS, says,
"You've got honorary pallbearers, any teammate that every played with Aaron and that group is full, been full.
"Music was Aaron, he had a passion for music, he was very good with music."

And poetry.
"If there was no sky, no trees, then where are the bird songs in the breeze, these are the questions of our life, that will be answered one fine night, when you bow your head and begin to recite, a simple prayer that might change your life". That was written in the 5th grade by Aaron upon the death of a classmate.

STEVE DOUGLAS says,
"It's amazing, the folks that he touched outside of football, he used football for a platform but outside of
football, the lives he changed and for them and the love for so many has been overwhelming.

Funeral services are still pending.


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