Will McKamey's friends share their memories ahead of his funer

Will McKamey's friends share their memories ahead of his funeral

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For the last four years, these best friends have gathered together for "guys night," a night filled with laughter, food and of course sports. For the last four years, these best friends have gathered together for "guys night," a night filled with laughter, food and of course sports.
The "Guy's Night" crew has been friends since sophomore year. The "Guy's Night" crew has been friends since sophomore year.
Friday night, the crew looked through their old yearbook for memories of Will. Friday night, the crew looked through their old yearbook for memories of Will.

 

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

POWELL (WATE)  – For the last four years, these best friends have gathered together for "guys night," a night filled with laughter, food and of course sports.

But Friday night, someone was missing.

Will McKamey should be sitting on the couch alongside his high school friends.

McKamey, 19, passed away Tuesday after collapsing Saturday during spring football practice at the US Naval Academy.

"It's been pretty rough, this is really the first loss this close to me that I've ever had," said Trey Stewart.

The "Guy's Night" crew has been friends since sophomore year.

Austin Arnold, Ty Myers, Matt Cunningham, Chase Newsom, Trey Stewart and Joshua Conner have sat in the Stewart's living room dozens of times before. But tonight they're struggling to cope with the loss of their best friend.

"We went through this the first time, it wasn't the same, in the back of your mind you're thinking, it's Will McKamey, he's going to pull through, he's done this before. When I found the news out that night, i didn't believe it, it hits you hard," said Conner.

But as they sit together and look through their senior yearbook, they're trying to focus on the good times, hundreds of nights just like this one.

"Making Coach McKamey mad because we were up at 3 in the morning making bagel bites," Conner said with a laugh. "This would definitely be something [Will] would want, all of us hanging out."

These college freshmen are dealing with a loss no one their age should have to face.

"These guys should be playing ball, they should be cutting up and they should be finding girlfriends, to think that they're going to be at a funeral of their dear friend, it just something that alters their life," said Todd Stewart.

Todd Stewart has watched his son Trey and his friends grow up, turning into the men they are today, and it doesn't surprise anyone the phrase #LiveLikeWill has spread across the community and across the country.

"I'd always catch myself doing stupid stuff in school and Will would always be right there, ‘dude come on you know better than that,' he was just someone I could look up to," said Trey Stewart.

His dad agrees, saying Will was the type of guy everyone could look up to.

"He would have hated all of this attention," said Stewart with a smile. "But that's what brought him the attention. His humility, his courage."

Will's funeral is Monday at Grace Baptist Church. His friends know it will be a tough day, but just like tonight, they'll face it together.

"I know with the support of these guys it makes it that much easier," said Stewart. "And if we ever shed a tear, I know these guys will be right there with me."

Together, they'll look to their best friend for the courage to face the difficult times ahead. Embodying their goal to live like Will.

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