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Community comes together to morn young boy’s death after rare illness
FLORIDA -- In Florida Saturday, a community came out to mourn the loss of a 12-year-boy who died from a rare illness.
A thousand people are estimated to have attended the funeral of Zac Reyna.
People came from all over southwest Florida to Labelle Middle School to say: Goodbye to Zachary Reyna.
A relative said, "It's awesome and amazing how people came together to support him."
Zachary Reyna lost his battle against an amoeba infection, introduced into his system by water in a ditch.
Through social media, his fight for life touched people nation-wide. His family prayed that he'd become the fourth person to survive the amoeba infection. The number four became inspiration while Zac lived, and solace after he died.
"It's amazing that so many people have a tender place in their hearts for such suffering. It touches all of us and this family emotionally."
As a member of the media, I was allowed into the funeral service, although our camera was not let in. I can tell you, there were many tears and great emotion in the gymnasium. Minister Eric Molina said he remembers Zac's warm eyes and bright smile. And he said Zac's struggles have changed peoples' lives."
It's estimated more than 1,000 people attended the funeral, and afterward, some joined the procession to Fort Denaud Cemetery, where Zac Reyna was buried. A cousin of Zac's mother summed up the loss.
"He was a good kid, a great kid really. So much fun, into athletics and sports. And, he's gone now. But he will not be forgotten, never, he said.
Some say "Number Four" changed the world -- Zac Reyna certainly touched this entire community.