Friends and family of former Oakland Mills High School football star J.T. Rembert gathered Wednesday evening to dedicate a tree in his honor 10 months after he died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism.
Rembert would have turned 30 this month, which was partly why they chose to hold the ceremony this week, said Rachel Edoho-Eket. Edoho-Eket was a friend of Rembert's who organized the event.
"It's been really hard," she said. "This is like a memory marker for him. If ever people are thinking of him and they wanted to come and visit, then they could come [to] the tree.
Oakland Mills High School principal Frank Eastham also spoke at the event.
"We remember people who have passed not by their lack of presence, but by the presence that the left behind, and the life that the led and the lives that they influenced," he said.
For more on the tree dedication, view the video above in this story.