LOVELAND, OH (FOX19) - Captain Seth Mitchell's family moved to North Carolina after he graduated from high school, but on Tuesday night, his Loveland High School family gathered to honor his memory.
The group opened the evening with a prayer.
Classmate and fellow football player Nick Jackson delivered the heartfelt words: "God, we come to you a little frustrated and confused."
Nikki Armstrong also attended Loveland High School with Mitchell.
"He had a short life," Armstrong said. "But in his short life he achieved all of his goals. "
Armstrong helped organized Tuesday's vigil. Those who knew Mitchell, like Chandra Johnson, came to share their memories.
"When he talked to you, he really wanted to hear what you had to say," Johnson said. "He's just one greatest people you could ever hope to know in your life."
Erica Miller also shared fond memories of the fallen marine.
"And with every argument, he would say, you're right, you win," Miller said. "Every time. Even if he didn't believe it. He just was that kind of a guy."
Those who didn't know Mitchell, offered support.
"If you ever played football with him, he wasn't the fanciest guy, he wasn't the biggest dude, but he worked hard," Nick Jackson said. "He never gave up."
Dozens prayed for Mitchell's family.
"I wish you peace on his family," said Marci Weable. "Connie, Steve and Drew that they may find solace knowing that Seth is with you."