Vigil held for Loyola Marymount hoops signee: 'He was a star, but he didn't act like it'

Vigil held for Loyola Marymount hoops signee: 'He was a star, but he didn't act like it'

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Vigil held for Loyola Marymount hoops signee: 'He was a star, but he didn't act like it'

A vigil was held Thursday night for Ryse Williams, the former Redondo Union (Calif.) basketball star who died after a short battle with a rare and aggressive cancer.

Williams, 18, was scheduled to graduate Friday and had signed to play at Loyola Marymount.

“He was a star, but he didn’t act like it,” his high school principal, Jens Brandt, told NBC4 at a vigil. “That was Ryse. He was an exceptional young man.”

NBC4 reports the vigil was held at a basketball court where Williams grew up playing and was attended by hundreds, including friends who traveled several hours to be there.

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“Right now, I’m looking out to all of you guys. I just can’t help but be happy,” said his sister, Sierra Williams, according to NBC4. “He got to live 18 full years of a life of love from all of you.”

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