Service held in honor of Belhaven football player - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Service held in honor of Belhaven football player

Friends and family say Trey had every intention of trying to make it to the NFL, but his life long dreams were cut short. Source: WLBT Friends and family say Trey had every intention of trying to make it to the NFL, but his life long dreams were cut short. Source: WLBT
Trey's mother and grandfather said faith is getting them through the tragedy. And they challenged Trey's fellow students. Source: WLBT Trey's mother and grandfather said faith is getting them through the tragedy. And they challenged Trey's fellow students. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Belhaven University family remembered and honored student athlete Trey Rich in a special service on Tuesday.

Trey was killed Christmas Eve by a drunk driver, Reginald Davis, while riding his bike home from work. Davis is now charged with felony DUI.

Friends and family say Trey had every intention of trying to make it to the NFL, but his life long dreams were cut short.

"He chose to make a difference. I know he addressed himself as Trey 'NFL' Rich. He did make the NFL," says his mother, Cecelia Rich. "As one of his friends said at his service, he is now in the national faith league. He scores that ultimate signing date. He scores that ultimate touchdown."

Among the more touching moments at the service were Trey's last few Twitter posts. Many of them quotes about devotionals - about mistakes he made that he turned into lessons and he was counting his blessings daily.

On December 20, he tweeted that he was spending Christmas alone to work and save money.

One student told us, "He was very sweet and very inspirational. He told me I needed to get closer to God."

Trey's mother and grandfather said faith is getting them through the tragedy. And they challenged Trey's fellow students.

Trey's grandfather says, " I challenge you all to be a little kinder. To be a little bit more respectful. To be a little more caring for the last, the least and the lost. We thank you."

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