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UPDATE: Funeral Arrangements Made for LaCharles Montgomery

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UPDATE: June 17, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

(KCEN) -- The funeral for LaCharles Montgomery will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Victorious Life Church.


(KCEN) -- Friends and family try to cope after a Waco teenager's car was swept away by high water. It happened early Friday, And after nearly a full day of searching, police found his body among debris in a creek.

He graduated last Saturday. Less than a week after getting his diploma, LaCharles Montgomery was swept away by rising water into a creek by his high school.

"It was awful," Colton Jackson, another recent graduate from Midway High School, said. "The rain was so hard you couldn't see."

Classmates like Jackson felt the need to help look for the 18-year-old, and came out Friday to do just that.

"I feel like it should be a community effort," classmate Amber Mustafa said.

After nearly 20 hours of searching, police said Friday night that effort paid off.

"We had a huge outpouring of support from this community, from the family and friends of Mr. Montgomery," Sgt. Patrick Swanton with Waco PD said after announcing crews had found LaCharles' body around 8 p.m.

Saturday the drainage creek running under Hewitt Drive showed signs of just how high the water was. Debris and trash formed a line on the bank several feet above where the water normally sits.

Between one and three inches of rain fell there in a very short amount of time by early Friday. It was enough water, with enough force, to rip up roads on Panther Way, where the creek also runs.

Now friends remember LaCharles.

"He was the type of kid who you could always talk to, you could always rely on," one friend said.

No. 96, he was an inside linebacker on Midway's varsity football team, with a part-time job the Regal Jewel Stadium 16 movie theater on Woodway Drive.

That's the job he was returning from Friday morning when his car was swept away.

One friends tweeted, "LaCharles was such a sweet and kind-hearted guy! He will never be forgotten!!" Another wrote, "It was an honor to have known LaCharles."

"He just graduated, walked the stage with us," Tarren Overall said.

Megean Gibson remembered a speech from graduation. She wrote on Twitter, in part, "Together we can lift each other up."

And a quote was being shared over the weekend from LaCharles himself: "When people die, why be sad? We should be happy they are in a better place."

The investigation into exactly what happened is still underway. Police aren't sure if LaCharles was ejected from his car or tried to escape.

Funeral arraignments have not yet been announced.
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