Cpl. Darrion Hicks graduated from Broughton High School in 2009 and enlisted in the Army just a few months later.
From the stands to the 50-yard line on Broughton High's football field, there wasn't a dry eye. It was a mix of grief and pride. Grief over Hicks' death in Afghanistan, but pride he represented everyone he knew -- including his country -- with honor.
"He loved his family. He loved his community. He loved his friends," said Darrion's mother, Tracy Hicks. "He was just a good guy. He died a hero, but he died my hero."
"In sixth grade, he said he was going to graduate from high school, and he wanted to graduate from the ROTC program," said Hick's grandmother, Cora Hocutt. "He was going to go into service and then he was going to get his education."
While at Broughton, Hicks shined as a cadet, and was voted Mr. Junior ROTC.
"Darrion was a very dedicated young man," said Master Sgt. Richard Suggs, who was Hicks' JROTC instructor. "I knew he'd be a good soldier if he decided to go into the military."
After graduating in 2009, Hicks enlisted in the Army and ended up stationed with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany.
Hicks was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.