MCKINNEY, TX -- It has been a week since 14-year-old Raymond Howell took his own life. This week, folks in one McKinney community, rallied outside of Raymond`s high school. They are determined to stop bullying. They believe it is what drove the teen to the point of no return.
“A 14-year-old died in this city, you know and look at all the people who come out and support him," James Ruby said. Ruby was out to show his support at the rally on Friday.
While the rallying continues at McKinney Boyd, close friends of Raymond try and keep his memory alive.
'It`s nice to see how many people care, and I wish he had seen it before, maybe it would of made a difference, and none of this would of happened,” close friend Katherine Wood said.
A makeshift memorial where Raymond took his life has been a place of peace for those who want to remember him. With the recent rain, Katherine has been coming out to the site, keeping the messages to Raymond alive.
“Whenever I have spare time I’ll come out here, sit around with other people who are grieving or draw or put flowers," Wood told Newsfix.
Keeping this somber sanctuary from washing out, helps her deal with the loss of her friend. She believes this is what Raymond would have done if the situation were reversed.
“He would always walk around and say, `smile its good for you,' if someone was feeling down.”
A smile that Katherine wants to keep from fading, and to spread the message that bullying is a real problem.
“It affects a lot of people`s lives, especially the person that takes theirs. It`s not worth it.”