Hundreds of Kearney's friends, family, and football teammates gathered to celebrate his life at his funeral in Franklin County.
Music and singing filled the Louisburg High School auditorium as people filed by Markeith Kearney's casket.
His friends knew the 18-year-old as 'Red Man'. It was an emotional service, but the pastor tried to give those in attendance hope.
"Yes as ya'll know, Redman he had a future ahead of him," Pastor Melvin Jackson said.
Kearney's football teammates also attended and line up after the service as pallbearers.
"Markeith was a great person, a great friend, a great teammate," football Coach Chris Lee said.
Kearney's coach says the team is heartbroken and struggle with the loss of their teammate.
"We've dedicated our season and we've come up with a motto, 11 for 11," Lee said. "There's 11 players on the field at one time and we're gonna play as hard as we can for number 11, which was Markeith's number."
Pastor Jackson says the family is working its way through this loss and that his death is a reminder that life can be too short.
Kearney also was an ROTC Cadet with hopes of becoming a Marine.